Ralph Alexander Gilchrist


Ralph Alexander Gilchrist

Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, USA
Death 2 Mar 1983 (aged 87)
Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Row F, Lot 38 Lower, Site 4
Memorial ID 83957259 View Source

- George Gilchrist
- Janet (Scobie) Gilchrist

Married Eleanor Yates Waters

- Janet Gilchrist (1929-2010)
- Charles Waters Gilchrist (1936-1999)

Military Service
US Army, PVT 1C
Enlisted: June 12, 1917, Ithaca, NY
Released: May 15, 1919
Served overseas: June 13, 1918 to May 1, 1919
Awarded the Italian Service Ribbon

Washington Post

Ralph A. Gilchrist, 87, a retired tax lawyer and former government attorney, died of emphysema March 3 in Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in Chevy Chase.

Mr. Gilchrist began his government career with the Agriculture Department's Commodity Credit Corp. in 1932. Two years later, he joined the old Bureau of Internal Revenue, where he worked on social security legislation and rose to the post of assistant chief counsel, before leaving in 1946 to engage in the private practice of law.

He was a founder of the Washington firm of Lee, Toomey & Kent, where he specialized in tax law until retiring in 1962. He was a member of the D.C. Bar Association and the bar association of the city of New York.

Mr. Gilchrist was a native of Yonkers, N.Y. He was attending Cornell University when he left school to serve as an ambulance driver in France and Italy during World War I. He graduated form the Georgetown University Law School in 1922, and practiced law in New York before returning to Washington to enter the government.

His wife, the former Eleanor Waters, died in 1951.

Survivors include a son, Charles W. Gilchrist, who is the Montgomery County executive and lives in Rockville; a daughter, Janet Dickey of Alexandria, and five grandchildren.


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