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York College recipient of generous bequest to provide scholarships for York County students

November 17, 2017
Dorothy and Armand Gladfelter
Dorothy and Armand Gladfelter, seated right

Dorothy and Armand Gladfelter enjoyed the cultural offerings of York College, and they were impressed with the positive impact it had on the lives of many of their York County friends. Through a bequest following their deaths, the couple has provided more than $3.2 million to fund scholarships for York County students to attend the College.

“Gifts like the Gladfelter Scholarship directly impact our ability to attract excellent York County students, who then make great contributions to the life of the York College community,” said Vice President of Enrollment Management Danny Green.

The Gladfelters shared a love of music that led them in the 1970s to the York College Candlelight Concert Series, where they enjoyed performances by students, some of whom were students of Dorothy. 

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory of Music, Dorothy (Henry) taught piano for 72 years. She was a member of the National Music Teachers Association and the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, serving two terms as president, as well as of the York Matinee Musical Club and the York Historical Society. As a young girl, she sang with the Monk Kauffman and Roy Gibbons orchestras and also had a program of songs on the radio station WORK in the 1930s. For years, she was organist and choir director of Trinity Lutheran Church in Seven Valleys, where she founded a Junior Choir in the 1940s.

Her husband, Armand, attended the University of Maryland and Ames Institute of Poultry Technology. He enjoyed a 40-year career managing a livestock feed business, A.C. Henry Inc., serving as president for 17 years. Armand was very active in the community as a member of the North Codorus Township Planning Commission, vice president of Spring Grove School Board, as well as official historian for the Susquecentennial of North Codorus Township. He was also a member of the board for York County Academy, a predecessor to York College, the Casper Glattfelter Association of America, and a former scout master. He played baseball locally, with a semi-pro team, and with a farm team of the Washington Senators. An author and historian, Armand wrote several books on the southern York County borough of Seven Valleys. (Dorothy wrote a waltz about the borough that was added to the second book.)

Armand Gladfelter passed away in 1998 at age 83. Dorothy died at the age of 98 in 2016. They are survived by nieces and nephews.

Through their appreciation of the cultural offerings of York College and the integral role it plays in York County, as well as a friendship with former presidents Ray Miller and Bob Iosue, they developed a fondness for the College that led to their generous bequest.

“The Gladfelters were York County people – born and bred – and loved everything about it, including York College,” said Iosue. “The level of their bequest is a real indication of their strong desire to support the College, and their providing for York County students specifically expresses their love of York County. They left a big, deep footprint at York College.”

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