RALPH P. GATES, JR. – IN MEMORIAM
Ralph Pillsbury Gates Jr., a longtime volunteer and later Board member of the National Orchestral Association, passed away on May 7, 2018 at the age of 93. He was originally introduced to our organization by our late Chairman, Frances Kennedy, and became an important contributor to the Association’s work.
He was born in
In addition to his charitable
endeavors, Ralph was an active sportsman, who enjoyed sailing, tennis, skiing,
fly fishing, golf, camping and hiking. In 2015 at the age of 90, Ralph joined a
group of friends in Alta for a day of skiing. He was active socially,
participating in a barbershop quartet, singing in his church’s choir, and was an
honorary member of the Captain's Club in
The Board of Directors of the National Orchestral Association wishes to express its appreciation to Ralph for his incredible service to our organization, both as a member of the Board, and inspiration in his ongoing project to preserve the legacy of World War II veterans. Ralph's upbeat demeanor, his can-do attitude, and his wise advice to the Board will be greatly missed. He was one of a kind, a proud American, and generous in every endeavor. He always had a kind word for everyone, including those with whom he did not agree. Civility and a respect for others were the hallmarks of Ralph's personality.