Stephen Galatti

Stephen Galatti

Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Death 13 Jul 1964 (aged 75)
Burial Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Plot CX 824
Memorial ID 70979080 · View Source
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The heartfelt words of praise spoken in behalf of the American Field Service at ceremonies in New York the other day surely were deserved. This organization, made up of volunteer ambulance workers, is the only civilian group permitted to serve in the front lines. Many of the members pay their own expenses. In this war, according to Director General Stephen Galatti, they have carried more than half a million wounded, saved thousands of lives and formed friendships with all races and all nationalities in the United Nations. General Eisenhower, President Roosevelt and Field Marshal Montgomery sent messages commending the organization. There have been a number of brilliant individual exploits that have won citations and other honors. Twenty-six have been killed, fifty wounded among the British forces alone. We hear daily of heroism of special branches of the service in various theaters of war. The work of the ambulance drivers and attendants is less romantic, it is less likely to get into the headlines. Yet it touches that human side of war once exemplified in the work of Florence Nightingale and later by the Red Cross. All who have loved ones in the service, as well as the fighting men themselves, must feel profoundly grateful to these volunteers who put service to humanity first. The Saratogian, November 9, 1944.

Stephen Galatti, 75, director general of the American Field Service, died Monday in New York as the result of a heart attack. Services will be held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 319 E. 74th St., New York, Wednesday at 10 a.m. Miss Margaret L. Hays of Saratoga Springs, Adirondack District director of the AFS, and other persons interested in this project in international understanding had become acquainted with Mr. Galatti at Regional AFS conferences. His work was directly concerned with the international students who have come to this area and the local students who have gone abroad. One of the projects on which he had been working hard and to which he was looking forward was the 50th anniversary of the movement, which grew from the service of drivers in World War 1 and World War 2. He had joined the Volunteer American Service, the AFS predecessor, in Paris in 1914 and was one of the original World War 1 ambulance drivers who founded the AFS. He had received many honors for his accomplishments through the AFS, and in June he received an honorary degree from Harvard, his alma mater, for his work in the field of international relations. A son and two grandchildren survive. The Saratogian, July 14, 1964.

A.F.S. ers all over the world are mourning the death of their late director general who died this past month. Stephen Galatti died of a heart attack n his New York home at the age of 75. Mr. Galatti joined the organization's predecessor, the Volunteer American Ambulance Service, in Paris, in 1914. The field service has provided ambulance for the armed forces in time of war and has helped promote international relations through student exchanges. For his services, Mr. Galatti received awards and decorations from the British, French, Dutch and West German governments and honorary degrees from Yale, Harvard and Buffalo Universities. Mr. Galatti became director general of the American Field Service in 1935, and under his supervision it was reactivated as a volunteer ambulance corps in 1939. With the end of World War II it resumed its scholarship and student exchange programs. Mr. Galatti never failed to speak to A.F.S.ers going abroad and to greet those returning from other countries. Many A.F.S.ers attended his funeral in the Greek Orthodox Church of New York City; to all that ever came in contact with him he was an inspiration for working toward world peace and the Brotherhood of man. Oswego Valley News, August 6, 1964.


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