A Farewell to Ruth Gruber
The Alaska Jewish Museum was fortunate enough to have been able to sponsor an exhibit of the photographs of intrepid reporter/photographer/author and humanitarian Ruth Gruber in 2012-2013. It was the first time that Alaskans had the opportunity to view photos and film footage taken by Ms. Gruber during her time in the Alaska Territory, before Pearl Harbor, as special assistant to Interior Secretary Harold Ickes The show was curated in New York at the International Center of Photography and hosted by the Anchorage Museum. Since that time, Alaska Museum Curator Leslie Fried visited with Ms. Gruber in Manhattan several times over the years and came to appreciate her kindness, intelligence, sense of humor, and sharp wit. Ruth Gruber passed away at the age of 105 on November 17, 2016.