Dr. Ralph G. Rindfleisch, 48, physician at Laurel hospital


Services for Dr. Ralph Gerard Rindfleisch, an Arnold physician killed last week when his single-engine airplane crashed in Pennsylvania, were held Monday at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park.

Dr. Rindfleisch, 48, was a Navy veteran and an emergency physician at Laurel Regional Hospital. He flew volunteer missions with Flying Doctors of America to provide medical care in Vietnam, China, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru, and was planning to fly to Mongolia next month.

Born in Richmond, Va., and raised in Washington, he was a jockey as a teen-ager, riding at Pimlico and other racetracks. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park, and earned his bachelor's degree from the George Washington University Physician's Assistant Program in 1982. He graduated from the Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1987.

He entered the Navy in 1988 and was commanding officer of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, a national youth organization based at the Naval Academy, at the time of his death.

Dr. Rindfleisch is survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Suzanne Suddreth; two sons, Luis C. Rindfleisch and Christopher G. Rindfleisch, and a daughter, Stephanie G. Rind- fleisch, all of Arnold; and his mother, Dorothy Rindfleisch of Laurel.

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