The Life and Legacy of Ross Perot

A look at the inspirational life of a patriot, innovator and generous spirit, Ross Perot

"Eagles don’t flock, you have to find them one at a time."

Memorials and Services

2 p.m. CT, July 16, 2019

Private Memorial Service - by invitation only

Memorial Service Video

Eulogy by Ross Perot Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Margot; his sister, Bette Perot; son Ross Jr. and his wife Sarah Perot; daughter Nancy and her husband Rod Jones; daughter Suzanne and her husband, Patrick McGee; daughter Carolyn and her husband Karl Rathjen; daughter Katherine and her husband Eric Reeves; grandchildren Hill, Hunter, Sarah Catherine (and her husband Reed Ruschhaupt) and Meredith Perot; Ross (and his wife Tori), Price, Ben and Clayton Mulford; Patrick, William, Margot and Cameron McGee; Henry and Bette Rathjen; Kate Flanagan and Stuart Reeves; and three step-grandchildren Elizabeth Reeves and Caroline and Will Jones. 

Saluting Ross Perot

Rarely in our history have such full measures of patriotism, entrepreneurship, invention, innovation, service to country and community, and generosity of spirit been embodied in one individual.

Texarkana, Texas native and longtime Dallas resident Ross Perot’s life was an American success story – one whose influence will continue to endure through the countless lives he touched worldwide.

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Inspirational Life Stories

Explore the chapters and stories in Ross Perot's remarkable life

Early Life

"Sell it. You can’t eat it."

Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

"We’ve got to do everything we can to make entrepreneurial dreams a reality."

Military/POW Advocate

"Freedom is not free."

Iran Hostage Rescue

"It was that simple. It was the principle."

Policy Reformer

"We’ve turned our schools from places dedicated to learning to places dedicated to play."

Presidential Candidate

"The success of tomorrow always belongs to the people investing in the future."

Humanitarian

"I feel personally that I have always been rich in the things that count."

Distinguished Awards A Life of Distinction

Achievements, personal honors and honorary degrees

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An American Success Story

An interactive timeline that details key events

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Paying Tribute

We invite you to read favorite stories from close friends and family, or share your own memories.

Spirit of Generosity Continue the Cause

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Thank You

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to one of Ross’ favorite charities: the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the Salvation Army DFW, the North Texas Food Bank, the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas and Teach for America. An act of kindness to a friend, neighbor or stranger in your community will further honor his memory and celebrate the influence of a remarkable life. 

– The Perot Family