PATENT EXAMINER, LAWYER
Robert Halper, a federal patent examiner who later worked for two decades as a patent lawyer, died Jan. 16 of pneumonia at his home in Beltsville. He was 92.
Mr. Halper worked for the U.S. Patent Office from 1959 until the mid-1980s, when he went into private practice as a patent lawyer. He continued working until several years ago.
Robert Halper was born in Bayonne, N. J. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a chemistry degree in 1938.
After serving in the Army during World War II, Mr. Halper received a second bachelor’s degree, in chemical engineering, from New York University. He went on to receive a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
He received a law degree from George Washington University in 1971.
Mr. Halper tutored urban youth in the 1960s and later did pro bono tax preparation work. He was a Mason and a ham radio operator.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Audrey Buckwold Halper of Beltsville; three children, Edward Halper of Athens, Ga., Rose Ellen Halper of Takoma Park and Vicki Halper of Deale; a sister; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.