Ralph Viguers, Sr. 86, of Paoli, PA spent over a half century raising public awareness to the detrimental effects of smoking and air pollution, died Thursday, November 15th at his home. Mr. Viguers, a native of Narberth, PA graduated from Lower Merion High School where he was a member of the Pennsylvania State Championship Basketball teams in 1942, 1943, and went to the Final Four in 1944. He joined the Army in 1945 and was stationed at Fort Brag, North Carolina. He was an Instructor of Basic Training and gained the rank of Corporal Acting Staff Sergeant. Ralph attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA and graduated with a BA in Economics. After graduating he spent 3 years at Sun Oil Company (Sunoco) in the insurance department. His life-long career in the health field began as an assistant campaign director with the Philadelphia Tuberculosis and Health Society. It eventually was renamed the Pennsylvania Lung Association (PLA) where Ralph served as the campaign and supply service director. His responsibilities included organizing and publishing the Christmas Seal newsletter, TV spots, and organizing state meetings and seminars. He was also chosen to participate in multiple National committee assignments with the American Lung Association (ALA) Ralph later became Director of Fund Raising for the state of Pennsylvania, working with 63 affiliates throughout the state. In 1975 he took the position of Executive Director of the Delaware Lung Association and finally retired in 1988 as the Executive Director of the Bucks County Lung Association. "I enjoyed my time with the Lung Association. I met and worked with many wonderful people who became friends for the rest of my life. We also made the public aware of "second hand smoke" among other things, so I feel like I made a difference." Ralph was married 44 wonderful years to his late wife Aurelia (Nee Pontoni). He is survived by his sons Ralph Jr. and Scott, daughter Wendy. He has 9 grandchilden and one great granddaughter. Relatives and friends are invited to greet his family on Monday, November 19th from 9 to 10 at Paoli Presbyterian Church, 255 South Valley Road, Paoli, PA 19301, followed by a Service from 10 to 11. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Paoli Hospital, 255 W. Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301 Alleva Funeral Home
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Published in Main Line Media News on Nov. 21, 2012