Ralph was a friend and colleague for many years at LSU. Soon after I joined the LSU faculty in 1979 I found he was the colleague who bridged disagreements and remained calm and smiling in almost all circumstances. He was a raconteur and it was a pleasure to have coffee with him. My wife, Naumi, and I were invited to several dinners at their home by Ralph and Gail and these were truly enjoyable. He was kind and thoughtful and he always had the best interests of the ECE Department in mind.
Our deepest sympathies to Gail and family in this hour of loss. Our prayers are with them.