Ralph Glatfelter, devoted husband and tireless health care advocate, died peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with cancer. For 35 years, Ralph dedicated his career to serving the people of Florida as a passionate voice for those in need of health care. Born and raised in Zellwood, Florida, an avid Gator fan, he graduated from the University of Florida
with honors and was active in student government. He carried his love of politics to Tallahassee, working for Attorney General Bob Shevin in his legislative affairs office. Upon leaving the Attorney General's office Ralph embarked on his long career in health care advocacy. In 1983 he joined the Florida League of Hospitals where he was appointed President and CEO in 1986. Ralph worked for the League for 18 years prior to joining the Florida Hospital Association as Senior Vice President following the merger of the three state hospital associations.
He is preceded in death by his loving parents, Margaret Grace Anderson and Alfred Eck Glatfelter. They spent their entire lives in Christian service teaching at Hampton DuBose Academy in Zellwood, Florida and in their 60's, became missionaries in Brazil at Ami Training Center. Ralph is survived by his wife Sharon (Sukie) McAllister Glatfelter. Together they shared a passion for golf and a love of traveling. She cared for him throughout his treatment and remained at his side when he was called to his eternal home.
A Christian funeral service to honor Ralph will be held 2:00PM, Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Bradfordville Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Florida Baptist Children's Home or Ami Training Center, 1021 Maxwell Mill Road, Suite B, Fort Mill, SC 29708 or