Bedonna Weiss Perry, 63, psychologist
Bedonna Weiss Perry, PhD, of Montgomery Township and Beverly Hills, CA, died on May 29 at the age of 63 after a 14-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Bedonna was born in New Orleans, LA and grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, where her father, Sanford Weiss, MD, was Chief of Radiology at Youngstown Hospital Association and her mother, Blanche Weiss, was an award-winning artist.
Bedonna graduated from Georgetown University and received her PhD in developmental psychology from Ohio State University. She published numerous papers and chapters on childhood testing, particularly in Downs children, and worked at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She later was employed as a psychologist in her husband’s medical practice.
Bedonna is survived by: her parents; her husband of 35 years, plastic surgeon Arthur Perry, MD; her filmmaker son, Benjamin Edward; and two daughters: Meredith Ellen, founder of uBeam and now CEO of Elemind Technologies; and private investigator daughter Julia Rachel.
Bedonna also is survived by two brothers: Bradley Weiss, an attorney at the Pentagon; and ophthalmologist Dr. Ronald Weiss. She leaves behind her two basset hounds, and her beloved Pig Albert.
Bedonna was a devoted mother, mastering her children’s fields of expertise along with them. She enjoyed world travel, gardening, and politics. She had a particular fondness for the Cleveland Indians.
Bedonna’s funeral was held at the Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus. Donations may be made in her memory to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance.