Philip T. Launer passed away peacefully at age 94 on Wed., Feb. 27 at the William Breman Jewish Home in Atlanta.
Phil was born Feb. 9, 1919 in the Bronx, N.Y., the son of Gussie and Harry Launer. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City and received his bachelor’s degree from City College, his master’s degree from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. in industrial psychology from New York University.
During World War II, Major Launer served as a psychologist with Supreme Headquarters in London, where he met his future wife, Eleanor Annette Bandy, an Army nurse of Oshkosh, Wisc. They were married for 37 years before her death in 1983.
After the war, Phil engaged in the practice of industrial psychology and served on the faculty of the City University of New York. In his free time, he was an avid reader, storyteller and dancer, and he loved traveling with his family throughout the Northeast. Well into his 80s, Phil was a spirited ballroom dancer and sought after as a wonderful dancing partner.
He leaves behind his daughters, Caryl Lynn Launer of Massapequa Park, Long Island, N.Y. and Phyllis Kozarsky Arnovitz of Atlanta; a son-in-law, Eliot Arnovitz of Atlanta; and a grandson, Aaron Maxwell Kozarsky of Palm Desert, Calif. Philip was proud of his military service and will be laid to rest at the Calverton National Cemetery in New York. The family deeply appreciates the loving care provided by the William Breman Jewish Home and The Weinstein Hospice, 3150 Howell Mill Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30327, and asks that donations in Phil’s memory be directed there. Sign online guestbook: edressler.com. Funeral arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.