Dr. Robert A. Laff, 89, husband of the late Mutya C. (Tirol) Laff, passed away in his home at Brandywine Living in Phoenixville, PA.

Born in North Platte, NE, he was the son of the late Irving J. and Tillie L. (Diamond) Laff. As a young man, his accomplishments included receiving the Eagle Scout Rank.

Completing his Bachelor’s degree from Cal-Tech in 1952, M.S. from University of Illinois, and PhD from Purdue in 1960, Robert led a distinguished career for over 25 years at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. His research and inventions were awarded patents for fundamental discoveries in Solid State Physics, including the very first transistors, GaAs Laser Arrays, and fiber optics for communications, display, and printing.

Enjoying life, the arts and humanities, Robert contributed over the years to causes such as the World Wildlife Fund, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Walnut Street Theatre. His love of music ranged from Jazz to Classical. Robert also cherished his time traveling the world, from Europe and Southeast Asia, to The Grand Canyon and The Mountains of the West. He enjoyed watching the birds and squirrels every morning at breakfast.

Surviving is son Mark R. Laff, husband of Sharon; daughters Natalie M. Laff and Anita C. Draves, wife of William A. Draves III; grandchildren Robert, Steven, Brian, Garrett, Sydney, Shannon, William 4th, Michael, and Teresa; and great grandchildren Jermaine, Tala, and Isabella. Along with his wife and parents, he is predeceased by son Michael A. Laff and sister, Idella Jonah.
Services and interment are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s name to World Wildlife Fund, 1250 Twenty-Fourth Street, N.W., P.O. Box 97180, Washington, DC 20090-7180 or American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6 Waltham, MA 02451

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