Dr. Ruth Lofgren led an extraordinary life that left a mark on all who knew her. She was born near Salt Lake City, Utah to Benjamin Franklin Lofgren and Alice Loise Elder Lofgren. She spent her early years on a small fruit farm and was homeschooled by her parents. She learned to explore, study, observe and assimilate the natural world around her, as well as acquiring practical skills including sewing and gardening. Ruth loved nature and had a sharp and curious mind, which led her to obtain a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Michigan in 1944. She was a pioneer in electron microscope research. Ruth then taught at the City University of New York – Brooklyn College until 1976. Upon retirement, she moved to San Antonio to provide science enrichment at a Quaker school.
Ruth volunteered her time for many different organizations and was active in promoting science, justice, education and the environment in the San Antonio area. She was the first recipient of the San Antonio peaceCENTER’s Peace Laureate of San Antonio award in 2008. She received a lifetime achievement award from the AACOG in 2014, having served on their Criminal Justice Advisory Committee for 25 years. She received the 2017 Terry Hershey Award of the Texas Audubon Society, having worked to restore the wetlands of Mitchell Lake and establish the Audubon society there, and having served as a docent. She was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017.
Ruth enjoyed world travel, gardening, photography and sewing, and her soprano voice was lovely. Ruth’s beautiful spirit will be dearly missed. She was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery on November 10, 2018. A memorial service will be held on December 2nd from 2-3pm Quaker Meetinghouse, 7052 Vandiver Road, San Antonio Texas, 78209. Everyone is welcome.