Joseph Murry Rait passed away on July 10, 2008 in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Son of Esther and Samuel Rait, he was born in Brook-lyn, New York on March 17, 1926, grew up in Liberty, New York, and lived in Buf-falo and Chautauqua, New York and Seattle, Washing-ton.
He graduated from St. Lawrence University and the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, and he served in the U.S. Navy as an officer during both WW II and the Korean War. Although trained as a dentist, he became an inventor.
His passions in life were learning and developing new solutions to problems, in-cluding medical and imaging products, aerosol delivery systems, a liquid crystal gas gauge, and several battery technologies.
While he received thirty-four patents, and start-ed several R & D companies, his greatest source of pride was raising his family.
He burst with pride over his wife, his children, and his grandchildren, whom he loved with a passion.
Joe was known for his quick-witted humor, his contribution to community, his enjoyment of intellectual pursuits and sports, his collection of collections, and his unique ability to build strong connections with virtually everyone he encoun-tered.
He saw the best in people and lived his life as fully as a person can.
Joe was preceded in death by his sisters, Sylvia and Shirley.
He is survived by his wife Barbara from Seattle, his son Douglas from Seattle, Peter from Boston, Eric from Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel, and Ken-ny from Portland Oregon, daughters-in-law Karlana, Cecilia, Tamar and Mary, and his grandchildren Zachary, Inbal, Yaniv, Maya, Karlee, Jacob, Max, and Emma.
A memorial service will be held in his honor at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 13, at Tem-ple Sinai in Sharon, Mas-sachusetts, followed by his burial at Sharon Memorial Park.
Contributions in his name may be made to the Everett Jewish Life Center in Chau-tauqua, New York, c/o Edith Everett, 150 East 69th Street, Apt. 28K, New York, NY 10021.
Arrangements entrusted to Burton Funeral Home, 602 West 10th St., Erie, PA.