University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Alumus, Benefactor Ralph Graff Dies at 94

Pitt-Johnstown supporter and alumnus Ralph S. Graff has died.

Mr. Graff, who retired from DuPont, died May 25, 2018, at the Heartland Hospice in Wilmington at the age of 94. He resided for many years in Hockessin, DE. News of his death was not released for several months. A funeral mass was held Sept. 13.

Mr. Graff was born in Johnstown, Pa., and in 1947 graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He began his education at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s original concrete campus in Moxham after serving in the United States Army 6th Signal Corps during World War II.

He created the Ralph S. Graff Legacy Fund for the Engineering Division at Pitt-Johnstown and received the university's Legacy Award at the Alumni Association Gala in 2016. He was a generous supporter of Pitt-Johnstown student scholarships and credited donor support of scholarships for his success.

Mr. Graff spent 40 years working for the DuPont Company and retired as the head of Market Exploration of Elastomers.

Mr. Graff was a 65-year member of the American Chemical Society. While a student at Pitt-Johnstown, he was involved with a number of organizations, including president of Sigma Tau engineering honor society and the editor of the Panther Club, UPJ’s first student-run yearbook.