Synrad founder dead at 62

Peter Laakmann, founder of Synrad Inc. (Mukilteo, WA), died Oct. 1 at his home in Seattle, WA, after a five-year battle with lung cancer. Born January 16, 1936, in Hamburg, Germany, he came to the United States in 1957. He received a degree in electrical engineering from New York University. Between 1962 and 1978 he worked for Hughes Aircraft and Ford Aerospace on thermal imaging systems. Laakman was cofounder of a startup laser company in California in 1978 and moved to Seattle in 1986 to start

Nov 1st, 1998

Synrad founder dead at 62

Peter Laakmann, founder of Synrad Inc. (Mukilteo, WA), died Oct. 1 at his home in Seattle, WA, after a five-year battle with lung cancer. Born January 16, 1936, in Hamburg, Germany, he came to the United States in 1957. He received a degree in electrical engineering from New York University. Between 1962 and 1978 he worked for Hughes Aircraft and Ford Aerospace on thermal imaging systems. Laakman was cofounder of a startup laser company in California in 1978 and moved to Seattle in 1986 to start Synrad, a leading maker of carbon dioxide lasers. He is survived by his wife, Christiane, eight children, and a grandson.

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