Dr. Ralph A. Galbraith
(c. 1911 - October 11, 1999)
Oneida Daily Dispatch
Weds., Oct. 13, 1999
Dr. Ralph A. Galbraith
LEBANON - Dr. Ralph A. Galbraith, 88, a former Dean of Engineering and Vice
President of Syracuse University in the 1950s and 1960s, died at home at his
farm on Monday, Oct. 11, 1999.
A native of Ash Grove, Mo., in the Ozarks, he graduated from the University
of Missouri and received his doctorate degree from Yale University.
Dr. Galbraith served on the electrical engineering faculties of the
University of Missouri, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Georgia
School of Technology in Atlanta before coming to Syracuse University in 1946.
During World War II, he was on the faculty of a special school at MIT,
training Allied military officers in the use of radar. For the following two
decades, he continued as a consultant and group leader in projects for the
Department of Defense.
At Syracuse University, Dr. Galbraith rapidly expanded the Electrical
Engineering Department to meet postwar industry need for engineers with
advanced degrees. He was a pioneer in developing accounting procedures for
specifying realistic academic instructional costs when provided by universi-
ties to industry and government. As a result of his efforts, industrial firms
and government laboratories entered into extended financial partnerships
with Syracuse University, leading to the establishment of off-campus gradu-
ate centers in Endicott, Poughkeepsie, and Rome. At these centers, initial
academic programs in electrical engineering, quickly expanded into other
engineering fields and other supporting graduate prograins.
Dr. Galbraith moved from the Engineering College to assume broader academic
responsibilities as Vice President for Planning and in 1969-70 he was Acting
Provost of the University. He was co-founder of the Syracuse Research Corp.
(SRC), and served as president during its early years.
He was appointed by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller to the Advisory Council of the
Upstate Medical School of SUNY and served in that capacity for 14 years
before retiring in 1976. During that period, he cochaired an intercollege
study attempting to integrate the nursing educational programs at Syracuse
University and SUNY-Upstate. For many years. Dr. Gaibraith was also on the
Board of Directors of Crouse-Hinds Corporation, in addition to serving as a
consultant to a variety of federal agencies, mostly in security-classified
Since his retirement from Syracuse University he has resided on his small
farm in Lebanon, Madison County.
Surviving are his children, Susan and David Galbraith and his grandchildren,
Laura Waterstripe and Robert Galbraith and a loving team of helpers. His
wife, the former Ruth Gorton, predeceased him on Jan. 7, 1999.
Date: Monday, November 29, 1999 02:33 PM
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