- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Antoinette Pera, 72, former PBS director

Antoinette “Nettie” Pera, a retired director for the Public Broadcasting Service, died Sept. 10 of cancer at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. She was 72.

Born in New York City, Mrs. Pera grew up in Pelham, N.Y.

Shortly after graduating from Pelham Memorial High School, she married and had three children. She returned to work in 1971 as a senior clerk with the Greene County, N.Y., Public Health Nursing Service.

In 1988, she moved to Alexandria to be near two of her children. Her passion for education drew her to PBS, where she retired 10 years later as assistant director for elementary and secondary services.

In her retirement, she continued traveling, line dancing and volunteering for numerous public service organizations.

In 1999, she went to Richmond to compete in the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics, where she won gold, silver and bronze medals in various events.

Survivors include a son, Nicholas Pera of Alexandria; two daughters, Nanette Hutto of Tyler, Texas, and Christine Weaver of Oakton; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the Antoinette Pera Scholarship Fund, St. Louis Catholic School, 2907 Popkins Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306.

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