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Ralph G Ascah
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Birth: Jul. 7, 1918
Death: Dec. 18, 2005

Ralph G. Ascah, 87, State College, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005, at the Fairways at Brookline Village. Born July 7, 1918, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, he was the son of the Rev. Canon R. Gordon Ascah and Annie Ethel Moody Ascah, who preceded him in death. On June 3, 1944, Ralph married Sarah Alice Royer, who preceded him in death on Feb. 9, 1992, after almost 48 years of marriage. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara D. Armstrong and her husband, Joe, of Roanoke Rapids, NC and their sons, Jody and Tim, of Raleigh, NC; son, James G. Ascah and his son, Brian, of Spring Mills; and son, Robert R. Ascah and his wife, Jill, of State College and their children, Matthew and his partner, Jennifer Musial, of Toronto, Ontario, and Sam and Kate, both of State College. His beloved companion, Mildred Clark of Cowansville, Quebec, also survives him. In addition, his brother, Dr. Geoffrey M. Ascah and wife, Mary, of Huntsville, Ontario; his sister, Audrey Burton, of Hudson Heights, Quebec, and numerous nieces and nephews survive him. Ralph received his early education at the Farnham Intermediate School, Farnham, Quebec and Hero's Memorial High School, Cowansville, Quebec. In 1939, he received his B.Sc. Degree with Honors in Chemistry from McGill University in Montreal. From 1939 to 1943, he was a Teaching Fellow and later a Research Fellow at New York University graduating with a PhD in Chemistry in 1944. From 1943-47, he was employed in the explosives division research laboratories of the Canadian Industries, Ltd. in McMasterville, Quebec. From 1947 until his retirement in 1980, he was a faculty member in the Chemistry Department at Pennsylvania State University. Beginning in 1959, and continuing until retirement, he was the pre-medical advisor and in charge of the Science curriculum of the now Eberly College of Science. In the more than 20 years he served as pre-medical advisor, he guided nearly 2,000 physicians, dentists and other health professionals through their undergraduate careers and into professional school. As a result, it was almost impossible for him to enter a doctor's office in State College or any hospital in Pennsylvania, for that matter, without encountering at least one of his former students. Ralph was instrumental in acquiring the initial grant from the Hershey Foundation to construct the Medical Center and Hospital that now bears the Hershey and Penn State names. He also was chiefly responsible for the development of the five year premedical-medical program offered by the University in cooperation with the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Active in many professional societies, Ralph was a 64-year member of the American Chemical Society. He served for 14 years as Region One director of the International Premedical Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta and served the Penn State chapter as faculty advisor for 16 years, for which the National Office granted him their Certificate of Appreciation. He served for over 20 years as faculty advisor to the Alpha Beta (Penn State) Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, which honored him with their Distinguished Service award for service to Pennsylvania State University. He was also a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon, chemistry honorary society; Alpha Chi Sigma, professional chemistry fraternity; and Sigma Xi. Ralph was asked by former Penn State President Dr. Eric Walker to serve as a member of the committee determining how best to recognize those Penn State Faculty and Staff with 25 years of service. It was Ralph's idea to award a Penn State chair. Dr. Walker was concerned with the cost of the $25 chair when there were eight people to be so recognized that first year. Eventually the funds were made available and the tradition continues to this day. Ralph retired from Penn State in 1980. Ralph had a life-long involvement with the Boy Scouts who, in 1965, honored him with the Silver Beaver Award of the Boy Scouts of America for Distinguished service to Scouting. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed gardening, cooking and numerous arts and crafts. He was a tireless storyteller regaling his children and grandchildren with tales of his experiences as a fishing guide in Canada, working on the Canadian National Railroad and serving as staff on a Canadian Steamship Lines passenger ship cruising the St. Lawrence River. Ralph's family would like to thank the staff of the Fairways at Brookline, and particularly those on the third floor, with whom he spent the most time, for their loving, professional care. Ralph was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in State College for almost 60 years. Private service with Father Larry Hofer officiating held at the convenience of the family. Interment at Boalsburg Cemetery. Ralph G. Ascah will be remembered as a loving and loved son, brother, cousin, father, uncle, grandfather, and friend. He was a good man. Requiescat in pace. [Centre Daily Times] 
 
Burial:
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery
Boalsburg
Centre County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Record added: Dec 21, 2005
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Ralph G Ascah
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