Ruth Margurite Erikson

Name: Ruth Margurite Erikson (Anderson)
Birth Date: 1899
Death Date: November 17, 1984
Death Location: Evanston, Illinois, USA


Ruth Anderson Erikson was active in community service and remained a philanthropist her whole life. She was a member and president of the Woman’s Club of Evanston, as well as being a trustee for the Evanston Historical Society and First Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Northwestern Associate Alumni Board, the Evanston Missionary Union, the Evanston Republican Women’s Club, and the Evanston League of Woman Voters. As a young woman, during WWI, she served in the Women’s Land Army, and during WWII she volunteered as a Red Cross Gray Lady. She was the recipient of the Northwestern Service Award in 1955.

Father: Isak (aka Isaac) Anderson
Children: One child, Mary Jeanne (Erikson) Onderdonk - married to William Arthur Onderdonk Jr. (11/26/1974); grandchildren: Beth, Todd, David Onderdonk
Education: Northwestern University (1922) bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts
Years in Evanston: N/A - died in Evanston

Sources: EHC Bio Files: Anderson, M-R; EHC Biofiles: Erikson, M-V; EHC Collection 365, Box 2; EHC Clippings File: EV. Clubs - Republican