Source: Harris Products Group
Perry was a technical adviser to thousands in the field of welding, brazing and gas apparatus over more than three decades.
“Perry was instrumental in developing and patenting several gas technologies that positively impacted welding and brazing operations,” Harris said in a statement.
“He played a major role in the design and recent launch of the Perfect Flame®, the Harris engineered system that improves handheld brazing quality and increases productivity.”
Perry was also a prolific writer of articles for industry publications, and was called upon regularly to be a subject expert by industry organisations and in legal cases.
Harris Products Group President David Nangle said, “Doug had a deep knowledge of the science and art of working with gas, and he wanted to share his insights with others. He loved his work and continued doing it well after most people retire. The Harris family is grateful for the contributions he made to our company and our industry.”
Originally from Ohio, Perry was a Vietnam War veteran where among his honours he received the National Defense Service Medal and the Bronze Star. He moved back to Ohio as an outside salesperson when he joined Harris, then became a national trainer for Harris and helped others to understand gas applications and processes. Perry then moved to the Harris Gainesville, Georgia facility, where he became head of the technical service department and continued to expand his industry roles.