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OBITUARIES / PASSINGS / Bernhard Perlin

Community volunteer in L.A.

September 16, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Bernhard "Ben" Perlin, 94, a longtime community volunteer who served on Los Angeles' Affordable Housing Commission and other city panels, died Aug. 29 of natural causes while in hospice care in West Hills.

Perlin, who had lived in Canoga Park for 37 years, also served on the city's housing and Van Nuys Airport advisory committees and the Council on Aging.

Born in 1914 and reared in Brooklyn, N.Y., Perlin left grade school to get a job and help support his family. He studied science on his own while working at General Neon Tube Corp.

His knowledge about gases helped him land a research position with the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development during World War II, his family said, and he rose to the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy.

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