Wednesday, October 09, 2002

Friends and colleagues...

One of the longest-serving employees of CBS News and the single longest-serving member of the CBS Evening News staff has passed away.
Len Raff died early this morning after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82 years old.
Len joined CBS in 1949. He was one of the first regular employees of the CBS Evening News... serving as a projectionist, then a film editor. He was here for Douglas Edwards, Walter Cronkite, and Dan Rather. A World War Two veteran who survived one ship's sinking off North Africa, and then saw action throughout the Pacific on the USS New Jersey, Len traveled extensively with the Evening News on major international stories, and spent much of his time here cutting many of the great award-winning
stories that made CBS News world famous throughout the 1960's, 70's and 80's.
Len made many friends during his 53 years at CBS and he will be greatly missed by all. Len leaves behind a daughter, Susan Raff, a grandson and a new granddaughter, in Middletown, Connecticut.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2002 at Riverside Memorial Funeral Home, 180 W. 76 Street, New York, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Messages of condolence can be sent to:

Ms. Susan Raff & family
24 Snow Ridge South
Middletown, CT 06457

Submitted by Ned Steinberg