Ralph Graber

GRABER, CAPTAIN RALPH CARL, a 34 year resident of Annapolis, died December 27, 2012 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. A native of Collegeville, PA, he graduated from Penn State in 1940 with a BS in Civil/Sanitary Engineering. After a year in the Pennsylvania Railroad, he joined the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in 1941. He served first in the extra-containment areas of south Texas and later with the Navy. During World War II, the USPHS Commissioned Corps was put in the Armed Forces (until 1952).
 
He was later awarded a M.S. in Sanitary Engineering from Harvard. He supervised sanitation inspectors in southern states and New Orleans. Then, in the Chicago regional office, he worked with state health authorities on sanitation issues. From there, he was detailed to the Institute of Inter-American Affairs in Mexico City to supervise cooperative water supply and sanitation projects throughout Mexico. In 1957, he was assigned to the newly established air pollution program in USPHS. He continued in that activity, incorporating extensive national and international travel, until he retired in 1971.
 
Ralph then worked for the University of Texas System, followed by employment as head of construction permits and inspections in Montgomery County,. In 1983, he became executive director of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, certified by peer examination for specialization in such fields as water supply, water pollution control, air pollution control, radiation, protection solid waste collection and disposal, and hazardous waste disposal. He was a registered professional engineer. Ralph was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, New Providence Club, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Civitan's Club and the Masonic Lodge in Collegeville.
 
He is survived by his wife, Joe Bales Graber and his sister, Doris Graber Mathieu of Annapolis. Services and interment are private. Memorial donations in Ralph's memory may be made to an organization of one's choice.

Arrangements entrusted to John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Annapolis.
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Published in The Capital on Dec. 30, 2012