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Raymond Perlman
(1923-2015)

Raymond K. Perlman was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on May 17, 1923, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants Anna and Benjamin Perlman, owners of the Perlman Furniture Company and the Economy Food Market. He worked part-time as a delivery boy for his father's grocery store, and attended Central High School, graduating in 1941. He immediately enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned high marks and joined the ROTC. Following a stint in the military (1947-1948) during which he was stationed in Okinawa, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1948 and a Master of Fine Arts in 1953. He also earned a Master of Professional Arts degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1952. He then joined the art faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, eventually achieving the rank of Full Professor of Art (in charge of graphic design, 1960-1983) in the 1950s. He has won numerous awards for his watercolors and serigraphs, and has taken part in many exhibitions of his works.

Raymond Perlman met artist Ruth King at a USO Ball in 1942 (while he was in the ROTC) and they married two years later (she died in 2009); together they had two daughters, Nancy and Leslie. They lived in Mahomet (near Champaign), Illinois, for over 40 years and retired to West End (Seven Lakes), North Carolina, in 1983. Their marriage lasted 65 years.

After retiring, Ray moved to the Sandhills area with Ruth, and continued teaching for three additional years, helping to establish a commercial art program for Fayetteville Technical College. He continued to exhibit his art in this area until 2009. He died on July 15, 2015.

Perlman's published artworks are almost entirely devoted to the illustration of children's books, especially the Golden Guide books series, many in collaboration his friend Herbert S. Zim (1909-1994) as author. Perlman first worked with Zim on What's Inside the Earth (1953), What's Inside Engines (1953) and Things Around the House (1954), all children's books. His earliest published mineralogical artworks appeared in Zim and Paul Shaffer's Rocks and Minerals (1957), a basic mineral book for young people which has undergone numerous reprintings over the years. Many of the same illustrations were used in Zim and Shaffer's The Golden Stamp Book of Rocks and Minerals (1958). Perlman also illustrated The Pacific Northwest: A Guide to the Evergreen Playground (1959) by Zim and Natt Dodge, The Story of Geology (1960) by Jerome Wyckoff, Zim's Rocks and How They Were Formed (1961), Geology (A Golden Guide book) by Frank Rhodes, and Fossils: A Guide to Prehistoric Life (1962), by Rhodes, Shaffer and Zim (with 481 illustrations by Perlman), Secrets of the Earth (1967) by Wyckoff, Inside the Earth (1968) by Wyler, Light and Color (1971) by Clarence Rainwater, Steine und Steinsammlungen (1972) by Eva Evans, Ecology (1973) by Alexander and Fichter, and Gesteine und Bodenschatze (1984) by Alice Martin and Bertha Parker.

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The Mineralogical Record: Raymond Perlman - Galena Galena
Watercolor on art board, size unknown, (1956). Prepared for publication in Herbert S. Zim's Golden Guide to Rocks and Minerals (1957), probably drawn from a specimen in the collection of the Geology Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Copyright 1957 Western Publishing Company, Inc. Whereabouts of original: unknown.
The Mineralogical Record: Raymond Perlman - Gold Gold
Watercolor on art board, size unknown, (1956). Prepared for publication in Herbert S. Zim's Golden Guide to Rocks and Minerals (1957), probably drawn from a specimen in the collection of the Geology Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Copyright 1957 Western Publishing Company, Inc. Whereabouts of original: unknown.
The Mineralogical Record: Raymond Perlman - Fluorite Fluorite
Watercolor on art board, size unknown, (1956). Prepared for publication in Herbert S. Zim's Golden Guide to Rocks and Minerals (1957), probably drawn from a specimen in the collection of the Geology Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Copyright 1957 Western Publishing Company, Inc. Whereabouts of original: unknown.
The Mineralogical Record: Raymond Perlman - Quartz Quartz
Watercolor on art board, size unknown, (1956). Prepared for publication in Herbert S. Zim's Golden Guide to Rocks and Minerals (1957), probably drawn from a specimen in the collection of the Geology Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Copyright 1957 Western Publishing Company, Inc. Whereabout of original: unknown.
The Mineralogical Record: Raymond Perlman - Garnets Garnets
Watercolor on art board, size unknown, (1956). Prepared for publication in Herbert S. Zim's Golden Guide to Rocks and Minerals (1957), probably drawn from a specimen in the collection of the Geology Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Copyright 1957 Western Publishing Company, Inc. Whereabouts of original: unknown.
The Mineralogical Record: Raymond Perlman - Argentite and Silver Argentite and Silver
Watercolor on art board, size unknown, (1956). Prepared for publication in Herbert S. Zim's Golden Guide to Rocks and Minerals (1957), probably drawn from a specimen in the collection of the Geology Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Copyright 1957 Western Publishing Company, Inc. Whereabouts of original: unknown.
The Mineralogical Record: Raymond Perlman - Crocoite and Stibnite Crocoite and Stibnite
Watercolor on art board, size unknown, (1956). Prepared for publication in Herbert S. Zim's Golden Guide to Rocks and Minerals (1957), probably drawn from a specimen in the collection of the Geology Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Copyright 1957 Western Publishing Company, Inc. Whereabouts of original: unknown.
The Mineralogical Record: Raymond Perlman - Agate Agate
Watercolor on art board, size unknown, (1956). Prepared for publication in Herbert S. Zim's Golden Guide to Rocks and Minerals (1957), probably drawn from a specimen in the collection of the Geology Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Copyright 1957 Western Publishing Company, Inc. Whereabouts of original: unknown.
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