Thelma D. Perry, 94, who retired in the late 1980s as associate executive editor of the Negro History Bulletin in Washington, died of cancer Nov. 25 at the Mariner Health facility in Silver Spring.
In 1970, Mrs. Perry, a former history professor, joined the editorial staff of the Negro History Bulletin, a monthly publication published by the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History.
Earlier, she had taught at Texas Southern University, Langston University and Johnson C. Smith University.
A former resident of Washington, she was born in Wagoner, Okla., and graduated from Howard University, where she also received a master's degree in history and a law degree. In the 1930s, she practiced law in Washington, then returned to academia to study for a doctorate at American University and later at the University of Chicago. She also was a research fellow at Fisk University.
She was the author of a book published by the National Education Association on the history of the American Teachers Association, which was the black counterpart of the NEA. She also wrote articles and book reviews.
Her avocations included card playing.
Her marriage to Dr. Smallwood Ackiss ended in divorce, and her second husband, Dr. Rufus P. Perry, died in 1984.
Survivors include two children from her first marriage, Jeanne Ackiss Davis of College Park and Dr. Smallwood Ackiss Jr. of Silver Spring; a daughter from her second marriage, Dorothy Patricia Simmons of Philadelphia; a stepdaughter, Margaret Perry of Michigan; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.