Staci Perlman, assistant professor of human development and family studies at the University of Delaware, with a joint appointment in UD’s Delaware Education and Research Development Center (DERDC), passed away on Aug. 12, after a brief illness.

A memorial service for Dr. Perlman will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18 in the Gallery at Perkins Student Center. Members of the university community are welcome to attend.

Dr. Perlman’s colleagues in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the College of Education and Human Development were deeply saddened to learn of her sudden passing.

“Staci was a genuinely nice person,” said Lynn Okagaki, interim deputy provost for academic affairs. “She was quiet, with a gentle demeanor, but there was always a sparkle of humor about her. She had a sharp mind and was deeply passionate about helping children and families struggling with homelessness. She would actively engage her students and colleagues, confident that by educating us, she could change the negative attitudes that impacted this vulnerable population.”

UD students who need support are encouraged to contact UD’s Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD), located in Perkins Student Center.

Please read the full UDaily article to learn more about Dr. Perlman and the impact she made on the community and colleagues.