Those that go before us, have shown us the way. Maryland native, E. Ralph Hostetter, passed away on March 26th at the age of 97. He was one of the first presidents, from 1971-1972, of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce—formerly Maryland State Chamber of Commerce.
Before taking the helm of the Maryland Chamber, Hostetter enlisted in the U.S. Navy from 1941-1946, where he served as an apprentice seaman and was appointed an Ensign during World War II. In 1950, he was recalled to the U.S. Navy where he served an a Naval Intelligence Officer for two years, before being released as Lieutenant, Senior Grade.
Hostetter had a journalism career that spanned more than 70 years. At age 25, he became editor of the Cecil Whig and went on to buy the paper and form Tri-State Publishing Co., which later sold to Whitney Communications Corporation of New York. His love for journalism remained until his death, as Hostetter was the chairman and publisher of American Farm Publications, Inc.
Hostetter held numerous other positions during his career, including: president of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Newspaper Hall of Fame; director for County Banking and Trust Company; vice president of Strausburg Rail Road Co.; owner of Camelot East Farms; director for Catalyst Recovery Incorporated; and chairman of Ambassador Travel Service.
Almost 50 years later, we continue the mission that Hostetter helped to build and are proud to contribute to making Maryland a better place for business.