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Ralph Raymond Papitto

manufacturing executive

Ralph Raymond Papitto, American manufacturing executive. Named Man Year in Rhode Island, Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, 1961.


Papitto, Ralph Raymond was born on November 1, 1926 in Providence. Son of John and Maria (David) Papitto.


Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bryant College, Providence, 1947. Doctor of Science Business Administration (honorary), Bryant College, Providence, 1987. Student, Boston University Law School, 1949.

Doctor of Science Business Administration (honorary), Roger Williams College, 1985. Doctor of Laws (honorary), New England Institute of Technology, 1985. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Suffolk University, 1986.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), New England Institute of Technology.


With Arthur Andersen & Company and Ernst & Ernst, Providence, 1948-1951. Executive vice president finance Ritz Products, Inc., 1951-1955. Founder, president, chairman, director Glass-Tite Industries, Inc., 1956-1963, chairman board, since 1963, also board directors.

Founder, chief executive officer, president, chairman Nortek Inc., 1967-1990, board directors. Chair and Chief Executive Officer AFC Cable Systems, Inc., since 1993. Board directors Hi-G, Inc.


Finance director Town of Johnston, Rhode Island, 1955-1959. Trustee Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island, chairman board trustees, 1972-2007. Board directors Meeting St. School Retarded.

Member Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission, Roger Williams Hospital. Member Aurora Civic Association. Member Alpine Country Club (president 1966-1968, 92—), Jockey Club, Surf Club, LaGorce Country Club (Florida).


Married Norma J. Ewart, June 10, 1943 (divorced). Children: Andrea (Mistress Harry Crump), Aurelia (Mistress William Young), David John. Married Barbara Auger, April 1982.