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George H. Lauff

George H. Lauff, age 92, died on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. George was born in 1927 in Milan, MI to George J. and Mary (Kline) Lauff. He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings: three sisters Mary (Trim), Justina (Deighton), and Catherine (Heinlen), and three brothers Bernard, Raymond, and John (Jack).

George graduated from Milan High School and served in the U.S. Army (1945-47) as a 2nd Lieutenant with foreign duty in the Philippines. He received his B.S. (1949) and M.S. (1951) from Michigan State University. His PhD degree was awarded from Cornell University (1953). Professional academic appointments included the University of Michigan, University of Georgia Sapelo Island Marine Institute, Michigan State University Departments of Fishery and Wildlife and of Zoology, and Director of the MSU Kellogg Biological Station. Under his leadership, the Kellogg Biological Station evolved as one of the foremost inland fresh water field stations and was world renowned. George was a member and fellow of numerous national and international scientific organizations.

A Memorial Service will take place on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, MI, with visitation from noon until time of service. A private burial has taken place at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Contributions may be made to G.H. Lauff Scholarship Fund, Michigan State University, 535 Chestnut, Rm 300, East Lansing, MI 48824-1005.


0 #4 Laurie Van Deusen 2019-08-13 16:21
George and I worked on numerous interior design projects. He was a person with impeccable taste. I am so grateful to have been included in his decision making process and will continue to treasure those times of creative challenges offered to me. A very genuine human being.
0 #3 Stuart Bassett 2019-08-13 15:57
I will always be thankful to George for his guiding hand in bringing my on staff to KBS. George enjoyed gardening and sharing his knowledge of the outdoors. I remember one fall he called me over to try some Paw Paw fruits that had ripened on trees he had planted years ago. I had never had one before and they were delicious! George was one of those unique individuals that had a way of making your life more interesting and worthwhile. I know he will be missed by all that knew him!
0 #2 Steve Tonsor 2019-08-13 01:54
George was kind, thoughtful, decorous, and gentle. He played a very important role in fostering my early career development. He was deeply loyal and dedicated to KBS and its staff. I found his company delightful and was always grateful for whatever he shared about his life, despite his very private nature. I will always hold him in my heart.
0 #1 Bernard Knezek 2019-08-13 00:05
George will be remembered by many of us as a gentleman and a scholar as well a visionary leader who always focused on the future needs of society and the landscape. It was my privilege to work with George in a leadership role at KBS for several years. I personally will miss him for many reasons but especially because he was truly "my friend". They don't make them any better than George. Bernie Knezek (and Mary) friend and colleague

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