Ruth Marion Bell: Celebrating an Extraordinary Life

On December 16th, 2015, Ruth Marion Bell passed away at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. She is remembered by friends and colleagues as kind and generous, with a determination to match. Ruth Bell was involved in a number of charitable and non-profit organizations throughout her life, including the Forum for Young Canadians. We are thankful to Dr. Bell for her contribution as a founding member of the Foundation for the Study of Processes of Government in Canada, and for her legacy of service and dedication.

Ruth Bell was recognized numerous times for her tireless work and commitment. An example of this would be in 1981, when she was named to the Order of Canada.

Ruth Bell was a fervent advocate for the empowerment of women. Born on November 19th, 1919, she grew up in a time where a woman’s role was vastly different from what it is today. Defying those conventions, Ruth Bell would graduate from Toronto’s Trinity College in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy, and go on to earn a a number of post-secondary degrees and doctorates.

Throughout her long life, Ruth Bell would remain a tireless advocate for women’s rights but also of the importance of civic and political engagement, and earned a variety of medals and recognitions for her work. Her biography, “Be a Nice Girl…A Woman’s Journey in the 20th Century”, tells the story of her extraordinary life. Ruth Bell is predeceased by her two husbands, and her stepdaughter. Ultimately, Ruth Bell made a positive impact wherever she went and was a force for change.

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Written by: Franz Krabel

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