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Ruth Fisher Hall

Nov. 3, 1924 — Feb. 29, 2020

Ruth Fisher Hall died Feb. 29 at home in Davis at the age of 95 of congestive heart failure.

She centered her life around humanism, working to promote compassion in her family and in the world beyond. Whether it be as an activist in the civil rights movement, her development of a sex education program at Syracuse University, her participation in progressive religious communities, or her diligent curation of her family’s365体育投注 archives, she always brought an admirable energy. Ruth did a great many things throughout her 95 years; she lent a hand when she could and took a leadership role when she was called to.

She met her future spouse, T. William “Bill” Hall (d. 2016) when they were children, but it wasn’t until they were at Kansas Wesleyan University that their relationship developed. But by then it was clear: Their mutually curious and compassionate worldview, along with a shared vision of the future, would bloom naturally into a love that would last the rest of their lives. She touched the lives of many with her wisdom, music, storytelling and generosity. She will be dearly remembered.

Ruth is survived by three children: Jane McKendry (Ray Frank) of Davis; Kris (Bill) Meier of Mystic, CT; and Doug (Iris Schaffer-) Hall of Montclair, NJ; five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Public health concerns permitting, a Celebration of Life is planned for 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at the Uni365体育投注tarian Universalist Church of Davis.

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