is honored with a Brick from Marian and Randle Hope, Martha and Ron Merritt, and Marilyn and Aron Strange.
Ruth Montgomery-Short, MD graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1937 when being a female physician meant meeting many challenges and prejudices her male counterparts did not have to meet. She faced that challenge the same way she faces life -- with a positive attitude and a determination to do her best.
Dr. Ruth (as she is known) was born in Dennison, KS in 1910, the eldest of three children. She and Joseph C. Short, DDS (Dr. Joe) became the parents of three daughters and were active as a family in church and 4-H functions. Dr. Ruth was staff physician (ENT) at Hertzler Clinic, Halstead, KS for 35 years; served as Trustee of Sterling College; served as an officer and active member of many professional and service organizations, including membership of Soroptimist International of Wichita since 1945.
Mother's life embodies the words of the Soroptimist Pledge. She exhibits the Sincerity of Friendship without reservations to all who have been privileged to know her. She has known the Joy of Achievement, accepted it with humility and gratefulness, and reaches for new heights daily with enthusiasm. She has given herself willingly with the Dignity of Service to her family, friends and the less able. Dr. Ruth is known and accepted for her Integrity of Profession by her peers and is known to be a genteel and gracious person. She considered it a delight and a privilege to be a physician and her example has been a guidance for many. Her Love of Country is knowing and accepting the responsibility for freedoms guaranteed by it and her continued efforts to secure these freedoms for others to enjoy the same.
We love you for being our Mother, our Mentor and our Friend!
submitted by Marian and Randle Hope, Martha and Ron Merritt and Marilyn and Aron Strange
August 10, 1999