Alfred Ralph Glatfelter

March 4, 1947February 17, 2013

Ralph Glatfelter 1947 - 2013

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 2:00 PM, Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Bradfordville First 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 your favorite charity .


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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George Albright

December 4, 2013

Dear Sukie: I called the FHA office looking for Ralph today, and was completely floored by the news of his passing! I don't know what to think now that my great pal Ralph is no longer here to scheme with me! What a gentleman! My thoughts and prayers are with you.Fondly George Albright

Dan and Julie Snyder

April 6, 2013

Dear Sukie, I just happened to stumble upon this sad news of Ralph's homegoing. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and as so many others stated, a true gentleman. I know your loss must be great but know that he was a tremendous man and had his heart where the Lord's is. May you be comforted by family and friends. AMI has been so blessed by your involvement in the work among the indigenous. May his legacy live on. Love and Blessings.

Kathie Belden Hood '61

February 22, 2013

Dear Sukie, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I too remember Ralph doing "Casey at the Bat". He was so nice and well mannered at HDA. I loved his parents and rejoice that he has been reunited with them. For you Sukie I pray you will feel God's comfort and His arms around you.

February 22, 2013

I too remember Ralph as a cute little boy, running up and down the dirt roads at HDA. I graduated in 1959 from there and I remember his sweet parents so well. A friend of mine was given an 5 x 7 picture from Mr. Glatt that he had painted, so she will cherish that for many reason. Sukie, I didn't have the pleasure of meeting you, but you had a wonderful dear man as a husband. God has a reason for everything, and I pray in the days ahead you will feel His presence abundently. My prayers are with you at the time of sadness and joy.
Gail Straub Rogers John 14:27

Sara Lotz Powell

February 22, 2013

I have wonderful memories of Ralph as a little boy, presenting "Casey at the Bat", while the rest of us, as high school students, recited our declamations. Even then he had a great presence...and his dear parents were so proud of him, both as a boy and as a man...

Jacquie Connell

February 21, 2013

As a Senate Aide for two different Senators over the years, it was always a delight when Mr. Glatfelter came into our office. He was always so courteous to everyone and the perfect gentleman. I always looked forward to seeing that infectious smile whether in our office or in the hallways. Our loss is Heaven's gain. God Bless You.

Miffie Hollyday

February 20, 2013

Dear Sukie, Your Ralph was such a dear dear soul. He had that gentle smile that seemed to bring calm to everyone he met. He will be missed sincerely and deeply. You and he had a good life together and that is a comfort but I so wish he was still here with you.

February 20, 2013

Dear Suki,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I so appreciated Ralph's professionalism, leadership, and friendship. He truly made a difference in healthcare and in all the lives he touched. Jessie sends her love.
Kathy Holzer

Frank Messersmith

February 20, 2013

Ralph, what a class act. Always dressed to the nines, polished to a high sheen, and a gentleman who walked where others were hard to find. So sorry to hear of this great loss.

Bilhenry Walker

February 19, 2013

Ralph, So sorry to see you leave this earth where you have done so much good. I'm glad you lived your life with passion and shared this with so many. I could tell you had something special burning in you by the way you used to run the mile at HDA.

Bill Walker '59