Howard Jaffe

May 12, 2022

Quakertown, PA

Howard Jaffe



On May 12, 2022, Howard Jaffe passed away at the age of 77 after a valiant fight against pancreatic cancer. Howard died peacefully with his beloved wife, Gail, and his children Karen and Kevin by his side. Howard was the loving grandfather of Samuel, Jared, Dylan, and Tyler and father-in-law to Kevin Miller and Edi Jaffe.

In addition to being a devoted husband, father and grandfather, Howard had a successful career in civil service, working both as a research chemist at the Department of Agriculture and manager of the protein/peptide facility at the National Institutes of Health. As such, Howard made many important contributions to the field of organic chemistry, authoring or co-authoring over 100 scholarly articles. Howard received his PhD in Chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1971.

In his free time, Howard pursued a diversity of interests including music, history, science fiction and technology. In addition, Howard devoted years to piecing together the genealogy of the Jaffe and Sang families, reaching out to and bringing together members of the family from all over the world. Howard was incredibly entrepreneurial and took great joy in exploring new things. Upon learning that he was going to be having his third and fourth grandchildren, and realizing there wasn’t enough room in the house for everyone to stay, Howard took on the role of carpenter, electrician and plumber in single-handedly turning an unfinished basement into a 5 room guest suite.

Howard was kind, patient and generous and was always available to provide support to anyone who asked. Howard remained deeply committed to the Jewish faith and took great joy in reading Torah on many Shabbat mornings. He will be greatly missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to help us remember Howard’s life by attending his funeral services on Sunday promptly at 9:30 AM at Chabad of Doylestown, 300 E. Swamp Road, Doylestown, PA 18901. Interment will follow at Mt. Judah Cemetery, Ridgewood, NY. Shiva will be observed at his residence, 1244 Creekside Lane, Quakertown, PA 18951. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund - Fund

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