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Name: Wood, Ruth Hendrickson (ca. 1899-1971)


Historical Note:

Ruth Hendrickson Wood was the daughter of Addie (Windle) and Ira R. Hendrickson of Mount Morris, IL (where she grew up), and Round Lake, MN. She graduated from Lake Forest College in 1921, where she had been a popular beauty, the celebrated Queen of the May, as pictured in the 2000-published Lake Forest College history, "30 Miles North..." by Franz Schulze et. al.  She married J. Howard Wood in 1928.  Howard Wood was a reporter for the Chicago Tribune and also a 1922 graduate of Lake Forest College, who had done graduate work as well at Harvard.

Her spouse was CEO and board chair of the Tribune Company from 1960 to 1966 and then board chair through 1970.  Her diaries cover this period in a detailed fashion. 

Mrs. Wood held memberships in the women's boards of the field Museum and the University of Chicago.  She was vice president and director of the Island Inn Corporation, Sanibel Island, FL. 

She was survived by four children: Janet (Mrs. John) Diederichs, Ann E. Wood, John H. Wood, Jr., and Robert E. Wood.

Sources:

"Mrs. Wood, Tribune Officer's Wife, dies," Chicago Tribune, may 19, 1971, 2. 

"Private Rites Slated for Mrs. J. H. Wood," Chicago Tribune, May 20, 1971, E16.

Schulze, Franz, Rosemary Cowler, and Arthur H. Miller.  30 Miles North, A History of Lake Forest College, Its Town, and Its City of Chicago.  Lake Forest: 2000, pp. 108-09.

Sources:

"Mrs. Wood, Tribune Officer's Wife, dies," Chicago Tribune, may 19, 1971, 2. 

"Private Rites Slated for Mrs. J. H. Wood," Chicago Tribune, May 20, 1971, E16.

Schulze, Franz, Rosemary Cowler, and Arthur H. Miller.  30 Miles North, A History of Lake Forest College, Its Town, and iIts City of Chicago.  Lake Forest: 2000, pp. 108-09.

Note Author: Arthur H. Miller, Archivist and Librarian for Special Collections, amiller@lakeforest.edu





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