It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Ruth Graves, a RIF leader and advocate for children and families.
Ruth served as RIF’s president from 1976 to 1997. Her vision and leadership guided RIF to its status as America’s foremost children’s literacy organization, overseeing a period of tremendous growth during which RIF grew tenfold, increasing its reach from 300,000 children to over 3 million children throughout the U.S.
After her tenure at RIF, Ruth continued to work tirelessly as an outspoken advocate for children’s literacy through serving on several advisory councils for education, government, and media organizations, frequently appearing as a media spokesperson and contributing to articles and books on literacy best practices.
RIF is honored to have had such a bold and bright star at its helm. “We will miss you Ruth.”
The Graves family asks that memorial gifts be made to Reading Is Fundamental in Ruth’s honor.