Ruth Hoshaw turns 95!

Ruth Hoshaw,  one of the eponymous founders of the PSA's Robert and Ruth Hoshaw Travel Award, celebrates her 95th birthday on February 4, 2016. Ruth is healthy and active and maintains the vigor and industriousness that marked her and Bob's commitment to the PSA. She is celebrating the event in Tucson, her home for over 60 years, with her two sons, Richard and Bill, daughter Anne, six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.  Ruth was a key person in the evolution of PSA into the mature scientific society it is today.  From typing and editing Endowment Newsletters, to organizing the Headquarters Room at the Annual Meeting, hosting Board of Trustee meetings at their Tucson home, and devoting herindispensableorganizational skills to the Society, Ruth remains a hero to those of us who grew up in PSA.  She worked tirelessly with Boband other PSA members, helped found the PSA Endowment.  Because of her, Bob was a very effective President of PSA, and first Chair of the Board of Trustees.  Bob was also an esteemed faculty member in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona until he passed away in 1993.  

A life member of PSA, Ruth donates the journal to the University of Arizona' herbarium and reads the newsletter avidly.  She is the UA Wildcats basketball team's most devoted fan (being from Indiana, birthplace of serious basketball), and plays tennis, quilts for great grandchildren, does jigsaw puzzles, and writes family histories for her children and theirs. Many of the Hoshaw Travel Award recipients have never met her but have benefited from her and Bob's generosity and foresight. If anyone wishes to send Ruth a birthday greeting, send it to Rick McCourt at rmccourt@gmail.com and he will compile them and deliver them to Ruth.  Whether you know her personally or benefited from the Hoshaw Travel Award, please feel free to send a message.  Also visit the PSA Facebook page and give a shout-out to this remarkable PSA member.

Rick McCourt

 Robert and Ruth Hoshaw - photo courtesy of Stephanie McInroy

Robert and Ruth Hoshaw - photo courtesy of Stephanie McInroy