Another Hopkins colleague, Dr. Roy Brower, a professor of medicine, described Dr. Permutt as "generous, warm, loving and caring. He was our guru." Dr. Brower said he once sought his advice on a difficult end-of-life problem but instead received "an opinion that was religious. I said, 'Sol, I came to you to get rigorous thought and instead I get religion.' He said, 'Well, I am the most touchy-feely person you will ever know.'"