Ralph F. Hiteshew, a hospital computer systems consultant, died Saturday at St. Agnes Hospital of complications of AIDS. Mr. Hiteshew, a hemophiliac who contracted the AIDS virus from contaminated blood products, was 47 and lived in Ellicott City.
Mr. Hiteshew and four of his brothers were born with hemophilia, a genetic condition that affects the blood-clotting process. The brothers were studied widely by geneticists interested in the transmission of diseases linked to gender. One brother, Robert A. Hiteshew, died in 1992 after also contracting the AIDS virus from contaminated blood products.
The Hiteshew brothers helped establish one of the country's first home treatment program for hemophiliacs through St. Agnes Hospital.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Hiteshew was raised in Southwest Baltimore and was a graduate of St. Bernardine's School and Polytechnic Institute. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Baltimore and a master's degree in computer sciences from the University of Maryland College Park.
He was a member of the Maryland Society of Hospital Information Managers, the Associated Guild of Patient Account Managers and the Hospital Financial Management Accounting Association.
He was a golfer and arranged small tournaments for hospital workers who installed computer software under his supervision. He also enjoyed sailing and for many years served as a crew member on boats racing on the upper Chesapeake Bay.
He had an interest in antique cars and won prizes at shows with his restored 1969 Corvair convertible. He allowed public figures to ride in parades in his 1972 Mercedes-Benz convertible.
A memorial Mass was to be offered for Mr. Hiteshew at 9:30 a.m. today at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, 4416 Wilkens Ave.
He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Gorham; his mother, Helen Phyllis Hiteshew of Arbutus; nine brothers, William Dorsey Hiteshew Jr. of Parkville, F. Donald Hiteshew of Crosby, Texas, M. Douglas Hiteshew of Pasadena, Richard A. Hiteshew of Catonsville, Stephen C. Hiteshew of Columbia and John David, Herbert F., Charles E. and Walter J. Hiteshew, all of Arbutus; and a sister, H. Louise Lawson of Ellicott City.