Born September 30, 1952, Elm Home, Cobleskill, NY, the third son of Ward and Peggy Lape, of Summit, Schoharie County, NY. He schooled in the public school system, graduating from Richmondville Central School, Richmondville, NY, in 1970; receiving an AAS from SUNY, Cobleskill, NY in 1972; receiving a BS from Charter Oak College, Connecticut, in 1983; and receiving a Physician Assistant Certificate from the Albany-Hudson Valley PA Program in 1976. He has worked in Family Practice in the Syracuse, NY, area since 1976. Jeff was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1983-1992, serving in the US Army, as a WO2, February 1, 1991 - May 31, 1991, during Operation Desert Storm. He was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, TX; Ft. Benning, GA; Camp Rudder, FL (6th Ranger Training Battalion). He was a Major, serving 1992-2005 with the New York Army National Guard. He was activated 30 SEP 2004 and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 2-108th Infantry, assigned to the 2nd BCT, 1st Infantry Division in the Sunni Triangle, Iraq. He served in Iraq as the battalion Physician Assistant in the Infantry. Jeff has been a member of the NYS Society of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants since 1976. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Jeff began working on the LAPE genealogy in 1980, researching Church Books, genealogy libraries, cemeteries and the internet, in the quest for the LAPE family lineage. Jeff and Elaine Lape reside in Syracuse, NY.