Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1946 I am an “only” child. Because my father was an upwardly mobile business person, I moved about every 3 years, kicking and screaming each time. There is no doubt in my mind that these experiences shaped the person I am today and I have to admit that I eventually loved every new home. Even though I spent four years in Decatur, Illinois during high school, I never felt that I had a hometown until moving to Hamilton in 1969.
My husband, Jim (retired Colgate art and art history professor), and I raised five children here, welcomed two sons back after they experienced city living, and now watch three grandchildren thrive in this special environment. The icing on the cake was when my parents retired here in 1988. The community embraced them and I am convinced that their years in Hamilton were the happiest of their lives.
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Hamilton is a place where people can make a difference and community service has long been important to me and my family. Along with my responsibilities as a Hamilton Village Trustee, I currently serve on the Hamilton Central School Strategic Planning Core Team and three other boards: Hamilton Food Cupboard (President), Lifelong Learning, and Mid-York Senior Homes. Of special importance to me was my tenure on the Hamilton Central School Board of Education (13 years - VP), Madison-Oneida BOCES Board of Education (15 years - President and VP), a founding member of the Partnership for Community Development (8 years), and the Hamilton Community Chest (26 years - 10 as president). Also rewarding were shorter terms on the Community Action Program and Earlville Opera House Boards as well as various stints on town/gown committees.
During her first term as Mayor, she raised almost $5,000,000 in grants for a variety of projects, among them the waste treatment plant, airport terminal improvement and sidewalks. She is active in the NYS Conference of Mayors, serving on its Finance Committee. She authored an article about Town-Gown relationships which appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of the Conference of Mayors Magazine. RuthAnn regularly speaks at local meetings concerning issues of housing and climate change. She spoke at a session during the Colgate Bicentennial Alumni Weekend representing the Village of Hamilton.
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When I graduated from college I thought that I would spend my working life as a primary school teacher and when I arrived in Hamilton I taught the pre-first grade in the old Broad Street School. At that time Colgate had a master’s program in Counseling and I decided to focus on that area of education. After receiving my degree, I worked for over a decade as a guidance counselor in the Waterville and Oriskany Falls School Districts. In 1984 I joined the Colgate Career Planning Center staff, after a few years moved to Advancement, and then to Alumni Affairs. After 27 terrific years at Colgate I retired as vice-president for Alumni Affairs. My resume outlining my responsibilities is included.
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