MEMORIAL MINUTE FOR STANLEY RUTZ

Passed by Fifteenth Street Monthly Meeting of The Religious Society of Friends
On July 13, 1997

Stanley Rutz was born on December 25, 1914. He died on February 12, 1996, after a lifetime of service to others.

Stanley was the son of a prominent physician. As a young adult, Stanley sought to become a nurse. That was a profession frowned upon for men of his era and he was not supported by his family. Still wishing to care for others, he became a worker in New York City's chronic disease hospitals - the places of last resort where people were left never to return. He is remembered by colleagues at Goldwater Hospital as a concerned and giving caretaker.

Stanley became a member of Fifteenth Street Meeting in 1939. Here too, he sought to serve others quietly. Stanley became the mainstay of the Hospitality Committee for over twenty-five years, finding satisfaction in taking care of others. Stanley rarely attended a Meeting for Business or expressed his views. He was quiet and retiring, finding his place in service to others.

Stanley seemed to have found particular joy in finding the right treats for the children. He watched them grow and found joy in their accomplishments. Perhaps in children he found people who could see beyond his coloring. Early in life, he was treated with a medication which caused his skin to become permanently blue. This disability was to lead to a life where he faced ostracism by many in the larger society.

Stanley will also be remembered for his concern for Friends who were sick or simply missing for too long. He seemed to have a new card to circulate for signatures almost every week. The sick or missing were not forgotten when Stanley was around.

Stanley Rutz will be missed by all those who were touched by his gentle care and concern for every member and attender of the Meeting.

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