INFORMS News: In Memoriam - Samuel J. Raff


Samuel J. Raff, the editor of Computers and Operations Research for 40 years, died Jan. 27 at his home in Chevy Chase, Md. He was 90.

Dr. Raff was named editor of the scientific journal Computers and Operations Research in 1963, a position he held until 2003. A nuclear physicist who began his career with the Defense Department, Dr. Raff founded the Bethesda Corp. (a defense contracting company) in 1978 before he became a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Born in New York City, Dr. Raff received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the City College of News York and a master’s degree and a doctorate in physics from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Raff served in the Navy during World War II when he was stationed at the Washington Navy Yard. Following the war, he worked for the now-defunct Naval Ordinance Laboratory, leading a systems analysis group. From 1968-1978, he was a program manager at the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Raff’s books include “Microwave System Engineering Principles” (1977) and “Humor in Our Everyday Phrases” (1995).

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Barbara Raff, six children, nine grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Source: Washington Post