Ralph I. Glasgow, 81, a retired Army brigadier general and a former military attache in London, died of leukemia Aug. 29 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Gen. Glasgow was born in Omaha, Neb., and reared in Twin Falls, Idaho. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1924. Before World War II, he served in Panama, Hawaii and the Philippines as well as at various posts in the United States.

During the war, he was a logistics officer specializing in transportation and saw service in Europe and the Far East. His postwar assignments included Washington, San Francisco and London, where he was the Army attache at the time of his retirement in 1956.

Gen. Glasgow, who settled in Washington at that time, was a transportation researcher for the National Academy of Sciences, an executive of Consolidated Freightways Inc. and the secretary and business manager of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. He retired about 1967.

He was a member of the American Legion, an usher at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church and a member of the Army & Navy Club.

His first wife, Mary Glasgow, died in 1952.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia; two sons by his first marriage, Ralph I. Jr. of Severna Park, Md., and Robert E., a retired Army colonel who lives in Cape Coral, Fla., a stepdaughter, Mrs. E. Rigopoulos of Venice, Italy; a sister, Ruth Keys of Trona, Calif., and nine grandchildren.