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Dr. Charles H. Glatfelter

GETTYSBURG Dr. Charles H. Glatfelter, 88, Professor of History Emeritus of Gettysburg College, historian and author, died Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at his home following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Miriam G. (Krebs) Glatfelter, to whom he was married for 62 years prior to her passing in 2009. Dr. Glatfelter was born on May 11, 1924, in Glen Rock, York County, a son of the late E. Pauline (Glatfelter) Krout and stepson of the late Chauncey N. Krout. He graduated from Glen Rock High School in 1941 and from Gettysburg College in 1946, and received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1952. He was a member of the faculty of Gettysburg College from 1949 until 1989, where he served as Dean of the College, Chairman of the History Department, a Franklin Professor of History and was Professor Emeritus since 1989. He received the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1987 and authored a history of the college, A Salutary Influence: Gettysburg College, 1832 1985 2 vols. in 1987. He also was a past President and Secretary of the Iota Chapter of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa. He served as the Executive Director of the Adams County Historical Society from 1959 until 2001 and was designated as the Official Adams County Historian in 2001. He was a life member of the Pennsylvania Historical Association of which he was a past President, Vice President, Recording Secretary and Treasurer. He also was Director Emeritus of the Lutheran Historical Society, a former Director of the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and the Preservation Society of Gettysburg and Adams County. He also served as a member of the Gettysburg Bicentennial Committee and Chairman of the Adams County Bicentennial Committee. Dr. Glatfelter was a Director of the Casper Glattfelder Association of America from 1944 until 2005, serving as Treasurer, Historian and President during that time and was designated Director Emeritus in 2006. He also was a former Director of the Pennsylvania German Society. He was a former member of the Board of Theological Education, Lutheran Church in America and of the Commission on the Ministry, Central Pennsylvania Synod of the Lutheran Church of America and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Gettysburg. He received many honors for his historical work, teaching and community service, among them the Commendation Award from the Concordia Historical Institute, Austin L. Grove American Legion Post #403 Good Citizenship Award, Distinguished Alumni Award of Gettysburg College, Achievement Award from the PA German Society, the Dr. Henry James Young Award from the South Central PA Genealogical Society, Outstanding Citizen Award from the Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Director's Award from the PA Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations and the Heritage Profile Award from the York County Heritage Trust. He also wrote numerous publications including Pastors and People: German Lutheran and Reformed Churches in the Pennsylvania Field 2 vols. and documented the history of local Adams and York County communities, organizations, churches, buildings, cemeteries, families and people. His meticulous research skills helped him discover much local history, which he shared in his many speaking engagements. Dr. Glatfelter leaves a daughter, Christina E. Glatfelter of Aspers; a son, Philip H. Glatfelter of Hallam; a half brother, Roger G. Krout of Boynton Beach, Fla., and many friends and colleagues. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 30 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, with his pastor the Rev. Stephen R. Herr officiating, assisted by Rev. Neil Hively. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Hanover St., Glen Rock. Viewings will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Geiple Funeral Home, Inc., 53 Main St., Glen Rock and from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at Christ Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Adams County Historical Society, 111 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325 or to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 44 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Published in Evening Sun on Feb. 8, 2013
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