Ridley McLean Ruth, Sr.

ridley ruth, sr.

September 27, 1936 ~ February 5, 2021

Born in: Nashville, Tennessee
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Ridley McLean Ruth, Sr. passed away peacefully in College Station, TX on Friday, February 5, 2021 at the age of 84. Born in Nashville, TN, the son of the late George Wells Ruth and Henrietta Lindsley Ruth; Ridley is survived by his devoted wife Mary Katherine Clemmer Ruth of 60 years, sons Ridley McLean Ruth, Jr. and wife Shannon Crosson Ruth of San Jose, CA; John Lindsley Ruth II, and wife Venessa Jarvis Ruth of Bryan College Station, TX; brother-in-law Nicholas Earnest Clemmer and wife Jennylyn Harris Clemmer of Kingsport, TN. Lovingly remembered by his cherished grandchildren, John Lindsley Ruth, Jr. of Bryan College Station, TX; Rachel Katherine Ruth of Moorseville, NC; Ridley Mclean Ruth III, Grace Margaret Ruth, and Ava Lauren Ruth of San Jose, CA. Preceding Ridley in death were his sisters Henrietta Ruth Rue, Patricia Ruth York, and brothers William Ruth, John Lindsley Ruth, and George Wells Ruth, Jr. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

In 1954, Ridley graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, TN, and in 1959 (class of ’58) he received a BS in Engineering and a BBA from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. Also, he received an MBA from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. He was a Ph.D candidate at St. Louis University with a major in Finance, lacking only six hours and a dissertation to complete his Ph.D.

Upon retirement from Eastman Chemical Company in 1994, where he spent most of his career in the International Division, Ridley formed innovative business training systems, taught as an adjunct professor at Tusculum College in both the undergraduate and graduate schools and also taught at Northeast State Community College.

Ridley enjoyed volunteering for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), in Kingsport, TN and was awarded the East TN Social Workers’ Volunteer of the Year in 2007. It was an honor for him to serve on the local East Tennessee Goodwill Board and the Business Advisory Council at Northeast State. In 2003, he was awarded the outstanding volunteer of the year by the Goodwill Association for his contributions in writing a training manual and in teaching management training courses.

Ridley was an active member for many years of the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport and served as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher. In Bryan College Station, Ridley was a member of A&M United Methodist Church and enjoyed the Lost and Found Sunday School Class. He also enjoyed the camaraderie and outings of his A&M Class of ’58 and the Brazos A&M Club.

Ridley celebrated being a Scoutmaster of Boy Scouts of America Troop 50, earning his Woodbadge and being the recipient of the Pioneer Award. He had been a Round Table Commissioner, Vice-Chairman of the Warriors Path District, and a James West Fellow. He led four groups to the Boy Scouts Sea Base and attended Philmont as a leader.

In Rochester, NY, Ridley was a former Rotarian. In Kingsport, TN, for many years he was in the Cosmopolitan Kiwanis Club, serving as Kiwanis Club President, Lt. Governor, and International Trainer. He was a Hixon Fellow.
Ever the enthusiast, hobbies of varied interests kept Ridley busy- he was a Master SCUBA diver, a golfer, a Life Master bridge player, and an avid reader; he enjoyed foreign travel and visited all the continents as well as most of the major countries of the world. His favorite countries were the Galapagos Islands, Vietnam, Thailand, and Morocco. He was a life-long learner and enjoyed a multitude of The Great Courses. Ridley felt his greatest accomplishments in life were becoming a Fighting Texas Aggie, marrying Mary, and to have had both his sons become Eagle Scouts.

A memorial service to honor Ridley will be held at a later date in 2021. The family of Ridley McLean Ruth wishes to thank the dedicated staff of CHI St. Joseph’s Health College Station Hospital (The Med) and Parc at Traditions retirement community.

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  1. Pauline Clemmer Prosser, cousin, always appreciated Ridley and his ebullient personality, depth of knowledge and breadth of interests. Much love to the whole family, and prayers for peace as you grieve.

  2. Dear Mary, My heart is soo saddened for you. Ridley was such a fun, sweet and caring man who loved you and life so dearly. I loved how he made me laugh every time I saw him at Parc and how we had that Aggie Gig’em connection! He always wore a smile and loved having you, the love of his life, close to him to enjoy each day. I am so blessed to have had the pleasure of getting to know you and him these past couple of years! God sure got a treasure calling him home. We send you lots of loving hugs and prayers of peace and comfort from our hearts.

  3. Ed and I truly felt blessed to have had the pleasure of meeting Mary and Ridley when we moved into the Independent
    Living Community – called The PARC – in Bryan. Ridley was very quick to introduce himself to fellow Aggies. There are not enough words in my vocabulary to write how much fun Ridley provided for all of us residents of The Parc. His sense of humor was unsurpassed. Where ever there was going to be fun, you could be sure Ridley was there providing cheer and laughter for all of us. While we have missed Mary & Ridley since our move to Houston, we have stayed in touch and
    continued to enjoy his humor. Mary, I can’t imagine how much your heart aches, but your sweet family will be there always to fill in the gaps. Ridley will be missed by so very very many. All of our children surely enjoyed him, whether it was eating crabs or drinking Messina Hof – may God Bless You and your family. Love and Hugs from all of the Uvacek family.

  4. The Class of 1957, Dobyns-Bennett High School, Kingsport, Tennessee, sends condolences to our classmate, Mary Ruth, and her family in the passing of Ridley Ruth.

  5. Mary and family, I still remember the day I heard Ridley’s name announced over the loudspeaker system in Duncan mess hall in 1954. I didn’t think after leaving Nashville for Texas in 1944 I would see my old first and second grade buddy from Woodmont elementary school again. After reuniting with him again in his dorm room our freshman year, later Carolyn and I, were fortunate enough to be able to enjoy many more years of friendship together. He was sure a good man and we will miss him but always have great memories of that friendship. God bless you and family Mary. Paul and Carolyn Carroll

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