In Memoriam

September 23, 2013

Ruth Patrick

It is with great sadness that we have learned today of the passing of Dr. Ruth Patrick at the age of 105.

Throughout her long and distinguished career at the Academy of Natural Sciences (which began in 1934), Dr. Patrick pioneered the study of fresh water and the organisms that depend on it. She positively affected the quality of life for both humans and wildlife by providing policy makers with accurate information about the environment and the benefits derived from its protection. 

Dr. Patrick mentored generations of young scientists and served as a remarkable role model for women eager to establish professional careers in the natural sciences.  She will continue to serve as an inspiration for generations to come.  Her friends and colleagues at the Academy extend their deepest sympathy to her family.

-George W. Gephart Jr., President and CEO, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University


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Dr. Patrick is being remembered all around the world for her contributions to science and scholarship.

Ruth Patrick, ecology pioneer, dies at 105 via The Washington Post

Ruth Patrick, a Pioneer in Pollution Control, Dies at 105 via The New York Times

Pioneering ecologist passes away via Philadelphia Business Journal

Ruth Patrick, Ecology Pioneer for 8 Decades, Dies at 105 via NBC10

Ruth Patrick, stream bioligist pioneer, dies at 105 via Philadelphia Inquirer

Ruth Patrick, Pioneering Ecologist, Dies at 105 via ABC News

Ruth Patrick Dead: Pioneering Ecologist Dies at 105 via Huffington Post

Influential Ecologist Dies via The Scientist

In Memory of Dr. Ruth Patrick (1907-2013) via Delaware River Basin Commission

Ruth Patrick, 105, scientist pioneered ways of measuring pollution via Chicago Sun-Times

Ruth Patrick dies at 105, pioneer in freshwater ecosystem research via Los Angeles Times

Famed ecologist and longtime Chestnut Hill resident Ruth Patrick remembered by former apprentice via Newsworks

Ruth Patrick, pioneering US ecologist, dies at 105 via The New Zealand Herald

Ruth Patrick Chair in Environmental Sciences
Should you wish to make a contribution to the Academy in Dr. Patrick’s memory, you might consider a gift in support of the Ruth Patrick Chair in Environmental Sciences. Established in 2005 in honor of Dr. Patrick, this endowment supports the work of an individual who is actively engaged in a research endeavor that exemplifies the many contributions that Dr. Patrick made in determining ecosystem health and providing practical recommendations for sustaining our planet’s life supporting ecosystems.
Please send all contributions to the Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Gifts may also be made online; please specify “Ruth Patrick Chair” in the comments field.

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