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.
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.”