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Veteran health care lobbyist Ralph Glatfelter dies

Funeral services for longtime lobbyist Ralph Glatfelter will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradfordville Baptist Church in Tallahassee.

Glatfelter, 65 died Sunday, Feb. 17 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  For 35 years he worked on health care issues, primarily for the Florida Hospital Association.

A native of Zellwood and a graduate of the University of Florida, Glatfelter was active in student government and after college went to work for Attorney General Bob Shevin in his legislative affairs office.

In 1983 he joined the Florida League of Hospitals where he became president and CEO. He joined the Hospital Association when three state hospital associations merged. He is survived by his wife, Sharon “Sukie” McAllister Glatfelter, a longtime House staffer. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home or Ami Training Center, 1021 Maxwell Mill Rd, Suite B, Fort Mill, SC 29708 or a favorite charity.

Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

-- Lucy Morgan