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Albert Lawrence “Al” De Graffenried

Death: 2014 (92-93)
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Son of Anthony Foster De Graffenried and Amanda Aleyne De Graffenried

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About Albert Lawrence “Al” De Graffenried

Albert L. de Graffenried was born in 1921 in then rural Bayside, Queens, NY, when there were still cabbage and potato farms there, and passed away after 93 full years, nearly 65 years of devoted marriage to his wife Joanne, and a life well lived.

He was a veteran of WWII serving as a radio officer in four (4) combat theaters: the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, and was the recipient of numerous Allied medals and awards, including curiously the Medal of Honor from Russia, for delivering desperately needed weapons and supplies to the ports of Archangel and Molotovsk Russia during their struggle against the Nazis.

He served in a number of capacities at Roslyn Trinity Church, as Head Usher, on the Building & Maintenance Committee, and as a Deacon, among others. He was a graduate of Rensselaer (RPI) and taught aeronautical and electrical engineering courses there early in his career before entering the defense field. He held a baker's dozen U.S. patents on a wide variety of inventions, including a gun manufacturing device that allowed the U.S. Abrahams tank to shoot straighter and farther than the Russian T-72 used in Iraq (Gulf War I & II) - a patent that was "taken" by the Army, and then litigated for 30 years, all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court; a pancake motor used in hard disk drives; and a device to reduce drag, prevent stall, and improve lift on airplane wings. He during the mid-1960's was one of the first to theorized about the existence of frozen water at the poles of the moon and Mars, later to be proven by satellite surveys. He passed quietly after a brief period in hospice care.

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