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“It is with great sadness that I come to hear of Dr Perot's passing, four years after the fact. His love of family, loyalty, and charity will always...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Juan Vera - Charleston, SC

“Dr Perot was not only my Doctor but a great friend. I was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus at 5 weeks of age and shunt was installed by Dr Perot as a Va...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: brantley Shelley Walling - Warsaw, IN

3 of 31 | Posted by: Felix Rogers, PhD, MPH

“I was a medical student from 1973 to 1975..was hit by a a coma for about a month...the funny story of how Dr. Perot was trying to pull me...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Felix Rogers, MPH, PhD - Atlanta, GA

“I am a pre-med classmate, VMI '49-B,and it was apparent to us that he was a special student/cadet. His career certainly confirmed this. We...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Maxwell C. Feinman, MD - VA

“Dr. Perot was one of my first customers when i opened my restaurant. i will allways fondly remember our conversations over a good glass of More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: kim green - charleston, SC

“Dear Fran and Family, I am sorry to hear of your loss.I hope that all of your memories help you through these times of grief.Our thoughts and...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Jimmy Hayes - Johns Island, SC

“I had the privilege of working with Dr. Perot as a resident at MUSC from 1982 through 1987. Dr. Perot had a way of suprising you with a unique...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: JAMES HANSEN - AUSTIN, TX

“My "famous" Dr. Perot made my mother and me feel at home at MUSC starting in the late 80s as he tried to help me. We'll never forget him wearing the...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Kathy Foster - Spartanburg, SC

“One of my greatest regrets is that Phanor never made it back to a VMI 49B Class Reunion. He was missed by all who walked the Rat Line with him.May...Read More »
10 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“Dr Perot was one of my best clients and I hope he is drinking the best RED wine where ever at this moment, CheersJohn Scott Stauss ”
11 of 31 | Posted by: John Scott Stauss - Wando, SC

“I had the priviledge of knowing and working in the Somatosensory Evoked Potential Lab with Dr. Perot for 18 plus years. During this time I came to...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Edna Wright - Charleston, SC

“Pascal, very sorry to hear of the loss of your father my prayers are with you and your family. ”
13 of 31 | Posted by: Cathy Morice

“Dear Ms. Perot and Family: I was greatly saddened by Phanors passing. We were residents together at the Montreal Neurological Hospital and...Read More »
14 of 31 | Posted by: Frederick Andermann, MD., OC., FRCP(C)

“I am saddened to hear of your loss. Dr. Perot will always be one of my heros for the wonderful man he was and for the surgery he performed 25 years...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Kathy Olin

“My condolences ”
16 of 31 | Posted by: Tom Hair

“Pascal and Family, we are very sorry for your loss... ”
17 of 31 | Posted by: Frank and Lauren D'Arrigo

“To Ms. Perot, my thoughts and prayers each day are with you and your family at this time. May God's love bless you and comfort you during your time...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Stacy Purdy and Mike Lautar

“I meet Dr. Perot in the early 90`s.I will never forget his kind compasionate heart.He was truly a blessed gentleman.Although he will be missed, he is...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: steve helmly

“Please know our thoughts and Prayers are with you on your great loss ”
20 of 31 | Posted by: Melvyn Berlinsky, MUSC

“Dear Sandy, Chris, Deirde, Vanessa, Pascal and family. I was so deeply sadden to hear of Phanor's death. Never have I met such a nicer or more...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Marcia Ellis Moody

“May the Lord Jesus Christ give you peace during this time of your life. ”
22 of 31 | Posted by: joe bowman - asheville, NC

“D, Although I never met Dad I know how close you were and how much you loved him. In reading about his life I know that he touched a great many...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“Phanor was my senior resident for three years in Montreal. What a thrill and privilege to work with him. Very intelligent, a true bon vivant with a...Read More »
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“Deirdre-Peace and comfort to you and your family. What an accomplished man!!!I hope you take comfort in the fact that the world is a better place...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Kim Carle - Greensboro, NC

“Just a quick note to Dr. Perot's husband, Charles L. Allen, suffered a C3 spinal cord injury in 1982 and greatly benefited from Dr. Perot...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Jean Allen-Burton - West Union, SC

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at Founder's Hall, Charlestowne Landing State Historic Site, 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston, SC.  Celebrate and share memories of Phanor's life followed by an oyster roast and light fare.  Please reply via email to:


Dr. Phanor L. Perot, Jr., 82, died February 2, 2011 at his home in

  Dr. Perot served as chairman of the Medical University of South Carolina's Department of Neurological Surgery from 1968 to 1997. 


Since growing up in

, the son of an EENT physician and piano teacher, Dr. Perot has built a reputation as one of the nation's preeminent neurosurgical researchers, academicians and clinicians.  He is credited with the development of widely used operative practices, medical management strategies for spinal injuries, and innovative organizational concepts in neurological clinical services.


An undergraduate of Virginia Military Institute, 1945-1947 and a 1948 graduate of the Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Perot developed an interest in neurosurgery during his internship at the
Philadelphia General Hospital and surgical residency at the Hospital of the
University of
Pennsylvania in

.  After serving two years in the U.S. Navy, he completed a neurosurgical residency at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI).  While at MNI, he received a special fellowship from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness and obtained a Ph.D. in neurosurgery and neurophysiology from

.   During this time he also worked with renowned neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield, M.D. and authored a paper on epilepsy now recognized as one of only a handful of publications to be considered a classic because of frequent citations over an extended period.


In 1968, Dr. Perot left the Montreal Neurological Institute to take a position as chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Over the next 30 years, he became widely known as one of the nation's leading educators and researchers in the field of neurological surgery.  In addition to leading the
University's neurological surgery program, he served as president of many neurosurgerical organizations including of the

of Neurological Surgeons, and first vice president of the World Federation of Neurological Societies.


Other research accomplishments include pioneering work in somatosensory evoked potentials-a vital intraoperative monitoring modality now used in countless surgical procedures.  He also developed the currently preferred technique (trans-thoracic) for surgical relief of spinal compression secondary to ruptured disc, and he was instrumental in clinical trials leading to the first effective medical therapy for spinal trauma.  To support these activities, Dr. Perot was awarded one of the largest and longest running program project grants in the field, a 19-year series of awards totaling in excess of $12 million.


With a special interest in spinal cord injuries, he published many papers on the neurosurgery of trauma, with an emphasis on spinal cord injuries and pathology of cord damage.  He also served for 18 years as the principal investigator of Acute Spinal Cord Injury Research Center funded by National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke. 


Under Dr. Perot's leadership, the Department of Neurological Surgery received national acclaim, earning recognition from U.S. News & World Report in 1997 as one of the top such programs in the



In 2007, to honor Dr. Perot for his many achievements and to promote continued growth and discovery in the field of neurological surgery, the Medical University of South Carolina has successfully secured full funding for the Perot Endowed Chair for Spinal Cord Injury.


While never fully retiring from his dedication to neurological studies, Dr. Perot enjoyed many endeavors, including: fly fishing, traveling, hunting and entertaining. Dr. Perot is survived by his wife Sandra Scoggins Perot, two daughters, Deirdre Perot Lightsey, and Vanessa Perot Gilbert, and two sons, Pascal Francis Perot and Christopher Wallace Perot.  He is further survived by his grandchildren: Taylor Jones, Christopher Perot Jr., James Gilbert, Charles Gilbert and Georgia Gilbert, other relatives and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Phanor Leonidas (Lee) Perot III.


In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the MUSC Foundation in support of the Dr. Phanor Perot Endowed Chair in the Spinal Cord Injury Research, MUSC Foundation, 18 Bee Street, MSC 450, Charleston, SC 29425.