Ray Lanflisi died Sept. 13, 2006, of an arterial embolism in San Diego, Calif. He was 76.
Ray came to Princeton from Stuyvesant High School in New York City, majored in aeronautical engineering, and belonged to Campus Club. As an undergraduate he played freshman football and club sports.
After graduation he earned a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Cornell University. Ray went to work for the Convair Division of General Dynamics, where he was appointed chief of aerodynamics in 1967. In 1985 he became a Tomahawk Project engineer. He retired in 1992, when Convair sold the cruise-missile program to Hughes Aircraft.
Ray spent numerous weekends working for Habitat for Humanity and volunteering for the various museums in San Diego’s famous Balboa Park. He also was a very accomplished artist in disciplines including painting (oils and pastels), mosaics, string art, woodworking, wood-carving, slate, plaster work, and clay sculpture. He spent his retirement skiing in the winter, sailing in the summer, and bike-riding to stay in shape.
We extend our sympathy to his sons, Raymond, Robert, and James; and his three grandchildren, Kristi, Katie, and Kevin.