Alum, Adjunct Celebrates 40 Years of Post-POW Freedom

Monday, March 25, 2013

Ralph Galati ’70, adjunct faculty member of the master’s of business administration program at the Haub School of Business, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his freedom from being held captive as a Prisoner of War (POW) in Vietnam.  

Galati spent 14 months as a POW, including 75 days in solitary confinement, after he was shot down flying over North Vietnam and captured on February 16, 1972. He was released during Operation Homecoming on March 28, 1973.

“I always contend that my experience as a POW was developmental,” says Galati. “My period of captivity served as an awakening for me, and I grew to understand myself better. Looking into myself, I saw my faults and weaknesses and tried to overcome them.”

Following his release, Galati served as an officer in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon before going into the Air Force Reserves in 1978. He earned his master’s degree in Public Administration/Human Resource Management before leaving the service in 1981.

Galati moved on to great success working for IBM as a Certified Client Executive and Global Account Manager in the industrial sector, developing solutions for global enterprises, until his retirement in 2007.

He attributes his success to his time in the service and “accepting the dynamics of change and risk, and knowing how to successfully adapt to new environments and challenges.”   

“I really enjoy working in the SJU MBA program. I specifically like to challenge the minds of students, and encourage them to be analytical and creative thinkers,” says Galati.

He also works as the Veterans Liaison for Delaware County, Pa. His roles include outreach efforts across the county, as well as ensuring that all veterans and their families receive the benefits to which they are entitled.  

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