Harold Perper
Motel management executive

Harold Perper, who was president of a motel management firm based in Northern Virginia, died Jan. 11 at a hospital in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 94.

The cause was pneumonia, his daughter, Binnie Perper, said.

Mr. Perper first came to Washington in 1950 as manager of the old Hotel 2400 on 16th Street NW. He worked as a stockbroker in Miami Beach from 1956 to 1960 before returning to Washington as a general manager with Motel Management Corp. of America.

In 1969, Mr. Perper founded HI Management Corp. The company, based first in Washington and later in Arlington County, built, owned and managed Holiday Inn franchises throughout the mid-Atlantic region. After selling his final property in 1996, Mr. Perper moved from Arlington to Boca Raton.

Harold Earl Perper was born in Philadelphia and was a 1941 graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. He served in the Army during World War II.

He was a board member of Holiday Inns of America and of United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society. He was active in many volunteer and philanthropic endeavors in Florida.

His first marriage, to Gloria Waxman Perper, ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife since 1959, Mary Ann Hillow Perper of Boca Raton; two children from his first marriage, Binnie Perper of Ferndale, Wash., and Stanley Perper of McLean, Va.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

— Matt Schudel