SLINGERLANDS – Ruth E. Logan, most recently residing in the Beverwyck and Terrace retirement homes in Slingerlands, a lifelong resident of Albany, died Friday, August 20, 2010. She was 95 years old. Born in Albany on March 24, 1915, she was the first of two daughters born to John Joseph Duffy and Elizabeth Wicks Duffy. Growing up in Albany, Ruth was a standout in school sports including soccer and field hockey and was a top student. She attended the State University College at Albany and graduated in 1936. After college, Ruth began working for the State of New York. She served in the United States Marines as a meteorologist, training at Quantico, Virginia and serving in Oklahoma, during World War II. After the war, Ruth earned a Masters of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University in 1947. She then returned to her pre-war job, eventually rising to a top administrative position in the Office of the New York State Comptroller in the Alfred E. Smith Building in Albany, where her nieces proudly visited her while taking school field trips to the city. She was married to John Logan in 1955, remaining wedded until his death in 1982. The two enjoyed a happy marriage filled with travel, golf, bridge and bowling with friends, and relaxation at their summer camp at Spring Lake, New York. After John’s death, Ruth continued to spend her summers at Spring Lake for more than 30 years, enjoying morning coffee on the deck, canoeing, and bridge.
One of Ruth’s lifelong joys was travel. Beginning with her experiences in the Marines and a cross country trip with close friends, Ruth’s travels extended all over the continental United States, Alaska, Europe, Asia, Africa, and, most recently, to the Galapagos Islands at age 86. She traveled with her husband John during their marriage and also with her lifelong friends Margie Carey and Connie Parkinson. Ruth was an avid golfer into her nineties, winning a Beverwyck putting contest at the age of 91. She was also an opera enthusiast, a lover of art and art museums, and an eager learner, taking classes into her eighties. And Ruth was a generous supporter of numerous and varied charitable organizations.
In her last decade, she continued to walk two miles every day, read the newspapers in the morning, and visit with her friends Ann, Mary, and Marilyn on a regular basis.
Though Ruth had no children, she had very warm relationships with her three nieces and her younger sister, all of whom stayed involved with her throughout her life.
Ruth will be remembered as an adventurous woman, always upbeat, and never a complainer. She will also be remembered for her competitive nature, her independence and “can do” personality, and her quick wit, as she was always ready with a one-liner. She was charming and lovable, beloved by all who knew her well.
Ruth is survived by her sister Marion DuMont of Amherst, MA, her niece Elizabeth Chafetz and husband Mel Chafetz of Suffield, CT, her niece Darcy DuMont of Amherst, MA, and her niece Dana DuMont and husband Scott Taylor of Richmond, VA, and her four great-nieces and –nephew, Elana Chafetz, Jessie Carleton, Elizabeth DuMont-McCaffrey, and Aidan DuMont-McCaffrey.
A memorial service will be held at the Hans Funeral Home in Albany at a later date. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .
Even though I never had the opportunity to “meet” your beloved Ruth, I would like you to know that I feel the sadness of her loss on a personal level and that I send my condolences to you all. Although my knowledge of her is based mainly on stories I have heard over the years from Darcy and also from time spent at Ruth’s summer camp, I have great admiration for the strong and lively spirit that was the person of Ruth. Losing such a presence, I am sure, is very difficult for all who loved her.
I send my sympathy to you all and extend to you a blessing: May we all be well; may we all be at peace; and may we all be filled with loving kindness.
Ruth had such a wit about her. She could put a smile on anyone’s face at a moments notice. I did not realize how accomplished she was in her life. Thank you for sharing so much in her obituary. But one thing was certainly clear in her short stay with us, she certainly loved her nieces and her sister. Her friends and her family were certainly cherished. Take care / god bless