Janet Perloff Fossett Mourned
Janet Perloff Fossett, professor and associate dean
for research at UAlbany’s School of Social Welfare,
passed away August 29 at her home in Delmar, N.Y., after
a long illness. She was 50.
A native of New York City, Perloff received both her
master’s degree in social work and her Ph.D. from the
University of Chicago. In Chicago, she held research
positions at the American Academy of Pediatrics and
the Veterans Administration; she also taught at the
University of Illinois. Perloff joined the UAlbany faculty
in 1989, serving in faculty and administrative positions
in the schools of Social Welfare and Public Health.
Her research interests focused on the financing and
delivery of health care for low-income and other disadvantaged
populations, and the impact of Medicaid and other health
policies on access to maternal and child health care.
The co-author of Medicaid and Pediatric
Primary Care (Johns Hopkins University Press,
1987), she also wrote numerous articles about Medicaid,
prenatal care, and Medicaid participation by physicians.
Perloff received the University’s Excellence in Academic
Service Award in 2003.
After she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000,
Perloff became an advocate and spokesperson for other
women with breast cancer and for their families. In
addition to making appearances in local media, she assisted
breast cancer organizations with their fundraising and
programming efforts. With her School of Social Welfare
colleague, Research Assistant Professor Victoria Rizzo,
Perloff also co-wrote Conversations
from the Heart: Resources for Talking With Children
About a Parent’s Serious Illness (thelifeinstitute.org).
Survivors include her husband, James W. Fossett; their
son, Jeffrey Fossett; her mother, Sondra Perloff; and
Contributions may be made in her memory to the Janet
D. Perloff Lecture/Scholarship Fund. Checks, payable
to the University at Albany Foundation with the designation
“Janet D. Perloff Fund” on the memo line, may be sent
to Mary Beth Nelligan-Goodman, School of Social Welfare,
University at Albany, 135 Western Avenue, Albany, NY