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Ralph Edward Blank ’28

Published in May 15, 1991, issue

RALPH BLANK DIED Oct. 18,1990, at his home in Summit, N.J. He prepared for Princeton at Andover. At Princeton he majored in modem languages, and was a member of Court Club. He earned an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School in 1930.

His business career from 1930 to 1979 was entirely with a family firm, Henry Blank & Co., located in Newark, NJ. He was president of the company for many years. He was active in civic affairs, a trustee of the Summit Library and the Summit Art Assn., and was president of the Summit Playhouse Assn.

One of Ralph's hobbies, involving frequent trips to England, was English architecture, especially that of private homes and of pubs and tearooms. He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church of Summit.

Ralph was married Mar. 3, 1934, to Grace Margaret Lane. They had been married for 51 years when she died Mar. 3, 1985. There are two daughters, Elizabeth (Mrs. Brian R.) Hartley and Barbara (Mrs. Harold W.) Danser, and two grandsons. A nephew is Philip E. Blank Jr. '50.

Ralph kept in touch with Princeton and Class affairs by frequent attendance at reunions. He was a cultured gentleman and a relaxed, personable friend for whom his classmates are grateful. our sympathy is with his daughters and their families.

The Class of 1928

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