Robert M. Lauman, 92, Korea vet, EVP and COO at D&E Communications, Brossman advocate, avid golfer

By on June 13, 2018

Robert M. Lauman, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. He was 92 years of age.

Robert was born on June 22, 1925 in Middletown to the late Ned and Ella Lauman.

He was a 1943 honors graduate of Hershey High School and began studies at Haverford College. Through the U.S. Navy’s V-12 program, he transferred to Bucknell University, graduating as a member of the Class of 1945 where he received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. He completed graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Brookings Institute.

Since graduation, Lauman distinguished himself in the profession of engineering and provided noteworthy contributions to Bucknell University’s College of Engineering, and also served as an instructor in the United States Navy at their Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Mr. Lauman also served as a United States naval officer in the Second World War and Korean War.

Mr. Lauman’s career began with Bell of Pennsylvania (now Verizon) from 1946 to 1983 where he advanced to the position of vice president of engineering, and was responsible for the modernization of the network, and introduction of 1AESS and 4ESS solid-state switching, cellular, and fiber technologies.

In 1960, Lauman founded the Bell System Data Communication School, where he introduced data communication to the world through the training of nearly 1,500 engineers and sales staff per year. In 1966, Lauman implemented the first commercial fiber-optic system between Pittsburgh and Greensburg. In 1981, he supervised the creation of the first Digital Mobile Services office of the new Nortel Company. Throughout his career he was responsible for construction budgets in excess of $750 million per year and expense budgets in excess of $42 million.

From 1983 to 2002, Lauman served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of D&E Communications, Inc., where he was responsible for the implementation of sound financial procedures and the modernization of buildings, facilities, and equipment, as well as, the implementation of training programs for employees.

He also served as the vice chairman and senior executive vice president of D&E Communications, Inc. In 1990, he received the Ray Blain Outside Plant Achievement Award for noteworthy outside plant achievement realized through sustained leadership and direction.

Lauman served as a trustee of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, the Boards of Harrisburg Hospital, Harrisburg Osteopathic Hospital, Bell of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of Music, the Mount Gretna Playhouse, and previously served on numerous other boards such as the Governor’s Science and Engineering Commission, and as Chairman of the Board for the Red Cross and the United Fund.

He was a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

More recently, he was a key advocate for the establishment of the Anne Brossman Sweigart Charitable Foundation of Ephrata, where he served as a founding trustee and a member of the distribution committee.

Mr. Lauman was a prolific golfer, enjoyed wildlife, and was a staunch advocate for the humane treatment of animals.

Surviving Mr. Lauman are his wife of 72 years: Barbara (March) Lauman; and his daughter: the Reverend Linda J. Lauman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 15, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 167 E. Main St., Ephrata, and will be officiated by the Reverend Karen Minnich-Sadler. Friends will be received before the service from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will be private at the convenience of the family.

Individuals wishing to make a contribution in honor of Robert M. Lauman are encouraged to contribute to KPETS, 2120 Oregon Pike, 2nd Floor, Lancaster, PA 17601; or the Anne Brossman Sweigart Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 757, Ephrata, PA 17522.

Funeral arrangements under the care of Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals, Ephrata. To offer condolences, visit


About mhunnefield

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *