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Remembering Letterman Ralph Perri

Jack Baronas, John Nessel and Dan Wallace at Ralph's final resting place.

By Jack Baronas '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.


2019 Football Schedule

Date Opponent
Apr. 13 Blue White Game
Aug. 31 Idaho
Sep. 7 Buffalo
Sep. 14 vs Pittsburgh
Sep. 27 at Maryland
Oct. 5 Purdue
Oct. 12 at Iowa
Oct. 19 Michigan
Oct. 26 at Michigan State
Nov. 9 at Minnesota
Nov. 16 Indiana
Nov. 23 at Ohio State
Nov. 30 Rutgers
Dec. 7 Big Ten Championship--> FUTURE SCHEDULES

Penn State Football Letterman's Club

The purpose of the Football Letterman's Club is to perpetuate the Penn State Football tradition and promote brotherhood and unity between the university and former players, coaches and managers for their mutual benefit.

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