MONDSCHEIN, Ruth

affectionately known as "Dr. Ruth" passed on to another journey on August 3, 2017, to join her beloved daughter Joan who left this earth on August 2, 2014. Dr. Ruth Mondschein received her B.A. for Brooklyn College-City University of New York, her M.A. degree from Columbia University and her PhD from New York University. Dr. Ruth brought to Southern Arizona her expertise in initiating innovative community projects, her spirit, her energy and exuberance in bringing people together and her joy in creative and inspired service to the community. She served on the Board of Directors of Very Special Arts Arizona, America Israel Friendship League, UA College of Fine Arts Theatre Board, Medici Circle, Steele Memorial Children's Research Center and was elected as a professional member into the Society for "Southern Authors" in recognition of her book "The Magic in You" which was hailed as "Triumphant", "so good, so sweet, so juicy, so full, so delicious." Her enthusiasm for bringing people together to form successful coalitions resulted in LINKAGES, and which she and Jim Click created to expand employment opportunities for the people with disabilities which has been extremely successful. She produced and directed special programs for Raytheon featuring talented children and youth at their yearly signature event "Support a Park". For all of her contributions to the community Dr. Ruth was awarded from the YWCA their highest honor, "The Lifetime Achievement Award." Before coming to Tucson, Dr. Ruth was the director of Special Projects for the U.S. Department of Education working with the President's Committee on Employment of the Disabled and Very Special Arts International in Washington D.C. Dr. Ruth produced a major Bi Centennial Celebration at the Kennedy Center featuring artists with disabilities such as Itzak Perlman, Ray Charles, and Burl Ives which culminated in an extraordinary festival of the arts for children of Latin America at Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom. Two presidents, President Ford and President Reagan honored Dr. Ruth at a White House Ceremony with a Presidential Medal in recognition of her leadership and pioneering work in the arts for children and youth with disabilities in the period in United States, Latin America, and Israel. Dr. Ruth traveled across Latin America over 7-year period to initiate with the support and cooperation of their First Ladies major programs in music, dance, and art. Many of these programs are still in existence today. In honor of Dr. Ruth, a tree was planted in Guatemala and a major dance company of the deaf in Peru, Brazil and Israel were established. Dr. Ruth spent two years in Israel planning, organizing and directing a very successful 3rd year academic exchange for students from American Universities to study, travel and complete special projects at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She received from the Heritage Foundation the Federal Woman's award as the outstanding woman in the U.S. Government. Very few people have crowed into one lifetime the singular achievements and honors of Dr. Ruth. Dr. Ruth's favorite expression was "Spirit is enthusiasm, enthusiasm is passion and passion is power." Dr. Ruth had the passion to convince the president of the Kennedy Center to contribute the Eisenhower Theatre for the stirring and magnificent production of "In Celebration", which reflects the birthday and the spirit of the America to recognize people with disabilities; to convince the Board of Directors of Disney World to provide the Magic Kingdom in Florida for the Inter-American Symposium and Festival for children with disabilities from Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S.; to persuade the airlines for free passage for hundreds of children to Orlando Florida at Disney World; contracted great stars to contribute their talent for 7 major Symposiums and Festivals throughout Latin America as a follow up to the Disney event, and to guarantee positive changes in the laws of Latin America to provide new opportunities to disabled children and youth; persuaded the Secretary General of the Organization of American States housed in Washington D.C. and representing the countries of Latin America, Canada, The United States and the Caribbean, to pass legislation in each country regarding its disabled citizens. Dr. Ruth developed strong and personal relationships with the President and First Ladies of the so many countries in particular Peru, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador and Israel. Who else but Dr. Ruth believed that the deaf could dance, and initiated and organized at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. the only university in the world for the deaf; the Gallaudet Dance Company, which today is acclaimed as a top company throughout the world for their artistry. On a special and significant assignment from the U.S. Department of Education Dr. Ruth devoted ten years to the National Council of La Raza; the largest Hispanic organization in the world adn her programs touched the lvies of thousands of Hispanic children and yough throughout the U.S. and Latin America. In a tribute to the accomplishments of Dr. Ruth when she left Washington D.C. to live in Tucson the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Alejandro Orfila, said "In all our lives comes a time when the inner light goes out and could be put to flame again by the encounter with another human being. For thousands of disabled and disadvantaged children and youth of the Americas such a human being is Dr. Ruth Mondschein." She leaves her oldest daughter, Paula who live in Tucson. Dr. Ruth was internationally recognized as an author, producer, playwright, actress, widely acclaimed speaker, master teacher and a member of Temple Emanuel. At 90 years old, Dr. Ruth received from LINKAGES "The Legacy Award" which was an inspiration and a gift of hope to thousands children, youth and adults with disabilities throughout the world. In tribute of her accomplishments for Support a Park Programs, Raytheon said "we thank you for the inspiration, your creative genius and your sharing soaring spirit." In her early years Dr. Ruth performed as a "one-woman show" condensing popular Broadway shows such as "The King and I", and "My Fair Lady" into 35 minute presentations of music, dance, and song in a number of N.Y. Hotels such as The Plaza Waldorf Astoria and others with rave reviews. At 92, Dr. Ruth became more deeply involved with the Children's Research Center and with the guidance and leadership of Dr. Fayez Ghishon made significant financial contributions to the Children's Research Center for which she was recognized and honored. Dr. Ruth was truly an original from the beginning to the end with a spirit, soul, faith and her own special magic, which touched everyone she encountered. It is said that "what is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness." Dr. Ruth's spirit and joy in life will live on and surround us always and forever. The interment will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., at Evergreen Cemetery in the new Temple Emanuel Section behind the office. A Celebration of life is planned in the fall at her favorite restaurant, The Five Palms. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY AND CEMETERY, Tucson, Arizona.