Lester Chafetz, 84


SHAWNEE MISSION, KAN. – Lester Chafetz Ph.D., formerly of Overland Park, Kansas, died July 23 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Kansas.

A native of Providence and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he was a distinguished research scientist who loved his family, chamber music, the University of Wisconsin and a good joke.

He is survived by his wife, Jan Chafetz; two children, Jill Chafetz, Ph.D., and Glenn Chafetz, Ph.D.; two grandchildren; and many friends. He was predeceased by brothers, Joseph Chafetz and Prof. Sidney Chafetz.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Lung Association can be made in his memory at http://lung.org/donate/memorial-honor-gifts/