Robert Halper


The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Emma Brown

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.

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