Perlette A. Abuaf, 59, of Short Hills died Sept. 22, 2010. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, she came to the United States in 1979, living in Chicago and New York before moving to Short Hills 20 years ago.
Dr. Perlette received a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also attended Hebrew University, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and Bosphorus University in Istanbul. She was a post-doctoral student at Columbia Presbyterian and a research scientist at Johnson & Johnson and Purdue Pharma before joining Drew University as a professor of chemistry. She was also briefly employed by Morgan Stanley as a financial analyst.
She was a member of the Robert College Alumni Association, American Turkish Society, American Chemical Society, Millburn-Short Hills-Tziona chapter of Hadassah, Essex County Bridge Club, and Temple B’nai Jeshurun, where she was a member of its Women’s Association and temple choir. She was a board member of the American Jewish Committee.
She is survived by her husband, Niso; her daughter, Ariella; and her son, David.
Services were held Sept. 26 at B’nai Jeshurun with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston.