Ruth Sorensen Singer September 28, 1931 – January 10, 2018
Ruth Sorensen Singer died on January 10th peacefully and with family nearby in northern Virginia. She is survived by by her husband Derek, her children Vicky, Alex, Ted, and Jason, and her grandchildren. Ruth donated her body to science.
Predeceased by her brothers Robert, Tom, Ted, and Phil, this Nebraska Sorensen sibling was the beloved, lone daughter of C.A. and Annis Chaikin Sorensen, and she leaves a legacy of commitment to progressive causes and friends around the world.
Ruth graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1952 and from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1955. She married Derek S. Singer, and the pair began a career in public service, including: Peace Corps assignments in Bolivia and Tunisia, public television administration in Chicago, and U.S. Agency for International Development postings in the Congo, Kenya, Ecuador, and Cameroon.
Wherever she was, Ruth was an active member of her community. Her legacy included participation in the civil rights movement, work with the Kennedy administration, involvement in the Unitarian Church, speech writing, teaching English, and lifelong membership in the Democratic Party. She worked with Senator Fritz Hollings to publish The Case Against Hunger, and was a Democratic delegate from Illinois for the 1976 Presidential election.