Philip H. Glatfelter III was born in Spring Grove Pennsylvania on March 17, 1916. He graduated from Brown University in 1935 with a degree in Economics. His entire industrial career was spent working in the family paper business, P. H. Glatfelter Company in Spring Grove.
During World War II, Glatfelter served as a staff assistant to the War Production Board in York, Pennsylvania before enlisting as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and serving in active duty in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters aboard the battleship U.S.S. Arkansas.
Glatfelter returned to the family business following the war and was named Executive Vice President in 1948 and as President of the subsidiary Glatfelter Pulp Wood Co., in 1952. In 1954, he was named President of the P.H. Glatfelter Co., becoming the fourth generation of the family to head the company. Following his father’s death in 1971, he began Chair of the company. During his career, Glatfelter expanded the company purchasing Bergstrom Paper Co. in 1979 and the Ecusta paper mill is Pisgah Forest in 1987.
The paper executive first became active in the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation in 1951 when P.H. Glatfelter Co. became a Charter Member. A director for four terms, Glatfelter chaired the Membership, Nominating, and Honor Award Committees. He was also active in the American Forest and Paper Association, the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc., and the American Forest Institute among other industry organizations. He died in his Spring Grove home on January 15, 1997.
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