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Luther J. Perry Jr., a retired state assessor and civil rights activist, died Oct. 11 at his Hunting Ridge home of cancer. He was 69.

The son of Luther J. Perry Sr., a steelworker, and Nina Clay Perry, an educator, Luther James Perry Jr. was born in Norfolk, Va., and lived in Ahoskie, N.C., before moving to Baltimore in the 1950s.

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After graduating from Edmondson High School in 1962, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1966 from what is now Morgan State University.

Mr. Temple was one of 400 people who were arrested for demonstrating and trespassing at the segregated Gwynn Oak Amusement Park during the summer of 1963, family members said.

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During the early 1970s, he worked at Morgan and later at what is now Coppin State University in the Comprehensive Employment Training Act program.

For 28 years until retiring in 2012, Mr. Perry was a tax assessor for the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.

He was also involved in counseling and mediation activities, family members said.

Mr. Perry liked to study the Bible and studied at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary in Roland Park. He also liked to garden.

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Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

Mr. Perry is survived by his wife of 15 years, the former Randall Freelon Vega; a son, Joshua Ricardo Perry of Baltimore; three brothers, Acres Recardo Perry of Baltimore, Len Sherwood Perry of Riverdale and Clay Carlton Perry of Washington; two sisters, Hannah Johnston of Baltimore and Yolanda Perry Marlow of Yardley, Pa.; two stepsons, Andre Vega of Wilmington, Mass., and Esteban Emilio Vega of Wilmington, N.C.; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Vega Cunningham of Philadelphia; and 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by his former longtime companion and mother of his children, Norvie Emanuel of Baltimore. His daughter, Jaimee Emanuel Perry, died in 1988.

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