Obit: Philly philanthropist Ruth Perelman

Ruth Perelman, who along with her philanthropist husband was a major donor to institutions in the city of Philadelphia, died July 30 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She was 90.

Raymond Perelman said he and his wife had been married for 70 years. They met in Greensboro, N.C., where she was going to college and he was running a plant for his father.

In May, the University of Pennsylvania announced that the School of Medicine would be named after the Perelmans after their donation of $225 million, which the Ivy League university described as the largest gift in its history and the biggest ever nationwide that was made to name a medical school.

Other major donations by the couple included $6 million for the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, $15 million for the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and $3 million for the Perelman Jewish Day School, which has two campuses, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. — ap