Ralph Frank Loglisci, JrJanuary 17, 1971 ~ January 8, 2016 (age 44)
Ralph Frank Loglisci, Jr., of Brooklyn, New York.
Ralph passed away Friday January 8, 2016 at AristaCare at Meadow Springs in Plymouth Meeting, PA, as a result of complications stemming from injuries received in a pedestrian-automobile accident in San Francisco, CA, in October 2014. Ralph was 44 years old.
Born January 17, 1971 in Norwalk, CT, he was the son of Judith Olmstead Loglisci and Ralph F. Loglisci, Sr.
Ralph grew up in South Florida and was a graduate of the University of Florida with a BS in Broadcast Journalism. Ralph began his career as a television news producer in Tampa, Florida. Ralph later relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked for WBAL-TV, an NBC affiliate. In 2002, during his time at WBAL-TV, Ralph earned an Emmy Award for Best Evening Newscast and an AP Award for Outstanding Newscast.
Ralph lived a passionate life that was distinguished by his contributions to causes and issues he believed in. After a successful, fifteen-year career as an award-winning journalist, Ralph left the television news business in order to devote his story-telling talents to issue advocacy. Since 2006, Ralph had worked as a national food and health policy communications expert and media strategist. Ralph served as the director of communications for several national organizations on the cutting edge of food supply ethics and policy, such as the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, The Berman Institute of Bioethics, Wholesome Wave, and Slow Food USA.
Ralph also spent several years as the Project Director for the Johns Hopkins Healthy Monday Project based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future (CLF). His primary focus was leading behavior change communications research and serving as an advisor to both CLF and the national Meatless Monday campaign. At the time of his injury in October 2014, Ralph was the Director of Digital Engagement & Outreach for The Food & Environment Reporting Network.
Ralph’s entrance into food and health policy was spurred by his experience of losing 200 lbs. through diet and exercise. Ralph’s inspirational weight loss story was featured in publications such as People Magazine and The Baltimore Sun. Following his physical transformation more than a decade ago, Ralph maintained a vigorous, healthy lifestyle and was an avid runner and lover of the outdoors.
Ralph is remembered by family and friends as a compassionate and caring soul whose creative energy and contagious optimism were as reliable as his effervescent good humor.
He is survived by his mother, Judith Loglisci, his father, Ralph F. Loglisci, Sr., and his aunts, Mary Beth Drobish, Marie DeFreitas, and Toni Cortez.
Relatives and friends are invited to a coffee hour from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Saturday January 16, 2016 at the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 410 North Church Street, West Chester, PA 19380; followed by his Memorial Service at 3:00 pm and reception immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to any of the following organizations, about whose missions Ralph was passionate during his life: the Food & Environment Reporting Network (thefern.org); Wholesome Wave (wholesomewave.org); and The Barn at Spring Brook Farm (springbrook-farm.org).
Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. of West Chester, PA 610-696-1181; www.DellaFH.com.