RGS & AWS are deeply saddened by the loss of member, donor and conservationist John Ruthven who passed away earlier this month. Over the years, the Ruthvens made countless contributions to RGS & AWS through the Gilbert Symons Chapter based in Ohio.
An acclaimed wildlife artist, he regularly donated prints and original artwork along with his willingness to sign prints, hunt with other members and make personal appearances at RGS & AWS events.
“Just the mention of John’s appearance at a RGS event would turn out many, many new people,” said fellow RGS chapter member, Mark Jones. “He happily chatted with any who wanted to engage him at RGS events. John was an icon and a celebrity. In addition to his art, he was noted for his generosity to charitable causes and his happy, friendly nature. He could be truly characterized as a nice guy.”
From his obituary: Cincinnati – John A. Ruthven, 95, lovingly remembered as the “Modern Day Audubon.” The Cincinnati born artist was the beloved husband of the late Judy Ruthven for 43 years. Cherished father of Ricki (Steve Halper) Ruthven and Kevin (Mark Tipton) Ruthven. Devoted grandfather of Adam Weissman and Matthew (Molly) Weissman. Proud great-grandfather of William, Jack, and Michael Weissman. Passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020. John proudly served our country as a member of The United States Navy during WWII in the North Atlantic. Services will be held privately at Spring Grove Cemetery. A recording of the private service will be available in the near future for public viewing. To perpetuate their philanthropic spirit, family requests memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, be directed to the Judy and John Ruthven Foundation, P.O. Box 43069, Cincinnati, OH 45243 Sympathy may be expressed at www.springgrove.org. Arrangements entrusted to the Spring Grove Funeral Homes, 513-853-1035.”