04 May 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Dr. Ruth Richardson (nee. Walker, 1912-1977)

From the Edwardsville Intelligencer, Wednesday, September 7, 1977 (click to enlarge) --

Ruth Walker Richardson, 65, of 516 Sunset Drive,  noted educator in Illinois, died at 1:10am today, Sept. 8, 1977, in Springfield Memorial Hospital. 
Mrs. Richardson received her doctorate degree from Pennsylvania State University and was considered an authority in education.  She was a member of the Department of Education at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville from 1964 to 1976, and was involved in training reading teachers.   
In 1971 she received the Teaching Excellence Award offered by the Standard Oil Foundation and given to teachers considered most excellent in various disciplines. 
She was born May 8, 1912, at Bloomington, a daughter of the late Guy. T. and Nellie L. Walker. 
She was married to Robert Richardson of Springfield, who survives. 
Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Ben R. Trent of Bloomington. 
Mrs. Richardson was a charter member of the Tau Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa.  She was a member of the International Reading Association, the International Parliamentarians Association, and Pi Kappa Delta. 
She was a sponsor and organizer of the Psi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at SIU-E.  She was a member of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ. 
Friends may call from 5pm to 8pm Friday in the Boardman-Smith Funeral Home at Springfield.  Funeral services will be at 1:30pm Saturday in the funeral home. 
Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, Springfield. 
Memorials may be sent to the Ruth O. Richardson Scholarship Fund at SIU-E. 
Dr. Ruth Richardson was my second cousin, once removed.

Copyright © 2014 by Kevin W. Walker

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