Ralph died on March 7, 2016, at his home in Central Saanich, British Columbia, Canada, surrounded by his wife, Linda, and six children.

Ralph was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1942.  After graduating from Princeton, he went on to an illustrious business career, serving as board chairman of the Western Growers Association, the Fruit Growers Supply Company, and Sunkist Growers, Inc.  He reported in our 45th Reunion Book that he served as the chief executive officer of The Marlin Group, Inc., headquartered in Sun City, Arizona.  In 1990 President George H. W. Bush appointed him Chairman of the President’s Council on Rural America.  

In 1992 Ralph and Linda moved to the Saanich Peninsula, in British Columbia.  He quickly became involved in arts and educational organizations, serving on the governing boards of the Royal British Columbia Museum and the University of Victoria Foundation.

Ralph was avidly involved in thoroughbred horse breeding and racing.

The Class extends its condolences to Ralph’s wife, Linda, and to their six children, Amy, Arthur, Sarah, Carrie, Lisa, and Kevin.


For additional information about Ralph's life, please see the Victoria Times Colonist obituary.