Former Agnes Scott president Ruth Schmidt dies

This sad news just arrived: Former Agnes Scott President Ruth Schmidt died Monday at Piedmont Hospital.  I met her several times and found her to be a warm, witty woman with a great zeal for life and for her students. She led Agnes Scott for 12 years, retiring in 1994.

Former Agnes Scott president Ruth Schmidt died Monday.

Former Agnes Scott president Ruth Schmidt died Monday.

Here is the AJC story/obit on Dr. Schmidt.

And here is a statement from Georgia WAND of which Dr. Schmidt was a longtime member:

Ruth, the peacemaker, lived a life of activism: an educator, Agnes Scott college president,  board member or advisor to many organizations, and one of the most faithful members of Stand for Peace – the Friday noon peace vigil held for the past 7 years at the corner of 14th & Peachtree Streets in Midtown Atlanta. Ruth was a devoted and supportive member of the Georgia WAND community.

Ruth was valiant, steadfast, brilliant, joyful, and a devoted friend to so many in our community.  We are stunned and deeply saddened by her passing. Sen. Nan Orrock said it beautifully, “Ruth’s accomplishments of a lifetime and her clarity about the urgency of stepping up and taking a stand against war, and nuclear weapons, and poverty and racism will remain an inspiration for untold numbers of people.”

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Middle Grades Math Teacher

May 26th, 2010
8:51 pm

Rest in peace, Ruth! A life well lived.


May 27th, 2010
9:58 am

As an ASC alum, I enjoyed the fruits of her tenure during my time at college. She really set up ASC for success in the 1990s and instituted many great opportunities for students.