By Dr. John "Jack" Baronas, DMD, Class of '75




I regret to inform you of the passing of our letterman Ralph Perri '75, from complications due to Parkinson's disease on July 23, 2017. Known affectionately as the "King of Butler, PA," he was an integral part of Penn State Football from 1971-1974. While playing primarily on the "Foreign Team," he epitomized what it meant "to give them a good look."


Ralph has an untouched record of never missing a practice or game, spring, summer, fall and bowl for four years and never took a red cross.This was chronicled in Dr. Ken Werley's book: "Joe Paterno, Penn State and College Football-What you Never Knew."


A popular swashbuckling brother at Delta Upsilon, he followed a strong academic career with management level sales jobs at Hershey Foods and 3M. Then an established family business in Hagerstown, MD, Weiss Brother's Paper, reached out to him as national firms and Sam's Club were forcing them into decline. The owner of the company told me personally that Ralph had saved their business with his expertise. Unfortunately this was at an early retirement party for Ralph about 10 years ago when Parkinson's had made it difficult for Ralph to walk and talk. 


Ralph is survived by his wife, Nora and three children Regan Elizabeth, Vincent and Joseph.


There will be a memorial gathering, story telling and a reception to follow in Elkridge, MD October 6th at 2:30 PM at Meadow Ridge Cemetery.  See Link HERE


For those  wishing to make a gift in memory of Ralph contributions can be sent to the Joe and Sue Paterno Letterman scholarship fund.

C/o Wally Richardson Football Letterman's club 

1 Beaver Stadium 

University Park, PA 16802 

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