Perry Edward Treadwell died on June 25, 2018 at his home in Decatur, GA. He was born June 18, 1932 and was raised in Wausau, Wisconsin as the only child of Wilma (nee Perry) and Paul Treadwell. He graduated from Shattuck Military Academy in Faribault, Minnesota and attended UCLA, receiving a PhD in Microbiology. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the UCLA Brain Research Institute and the University of Minnesota Cell Research Program and professor at Emory University, advisor to the CDC and junior fellow at the Salk Institute. Following his academic career, Perry achieved what he termed “a full bucket list of goals”. Among these, he was part-owner of the Little 5 Points Community Pub, a founder of the Atlanta Men’s Experience, a volunteer with many groups including the Georgia Conservancy, Grady Hospice and AIDS Atlanta. He was a writer for newspapers, magazines and author of eight books. He visited all 50 states and many countries. He was a member of the Atlanta Friends Meeting where he had served as Clerk as well as on committees at Friends General Conference. He lived his beliefs, serving as a war tax witness for 40 years and convener of Simple Living workshops. Perry is survived by wife Judith Greenberg, son Gilbert Treadwell and daughters Gail Holland (Clay), Sally Treadwell and Susan Treadwell (Linda) along with granddaughters Sarah Stegall (Jeremy), Amanda Chow (Philip) and Amy Clower. Perry was a proud great grandpa to Rosalie and Ethan Chow and AJ and Claire Stegall. Donations in Perry’s memory can be made to the Atlanta Friends Meeting. A memorial celebration will be held July 21, 2018 at 2 PM at the Atlanta Friends Meeting, 701 W Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030.

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  1. I knew Perry during the Little Five Points Pub era. (This was when L5Pts was the heart of all peace, love goodness, and creativity!) He introduced me to the men stopping violence group and I interviewed them and wrote an article about them. Perry was a gentle soul who was an advocate for all the oppressed, powerless folks in this world. He did a lot of good in his long life. Gilbert, his son, and high school classmate of mine, and Harriett, his first wife, please accept my deepest sympathy. He will be missed. Jennie Richardson

  2. Sending Judith and your entire family sincere condolences on the passing of Perry. I will carry you in my prayers.

  3. Dear Judy. Perry sounds like an amazing man. I wish I was there to hug you and learn more about him. John and I send love, love, love. Judy

  4. Judith and family, my condolences for your loss. We have so been fortunate to have Perry as a member of our community over the years! I haven’t seen the 2 of you since I moved away, but wanted to let you know I’m thinking about you.

  5. My condolences to Judith and family. Sorry I am not closer to attend the memorial but I will be with you in Spirit.

  6. Sending my love and admiration to all the family, with special fond memories of Perry and Little Five Points so many years ago. I remember talking with him and Gilbert about hydrogen energy and their “algae farm” thirty years ago. Innovators! A sharp mind, and a great scientist.


  7. my condolences to all the Treadwells. I only knew Perry as a teenager but I admired his passionate engagement with social causes. Peace and well being in your grief.

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