Thomas Ruhl

Thomas Everett Ruhl died July 7, 2011, of complications from recent heart surgery. He was 61.

He was born Dec. 19, 1949, the son of Phillip Edwin Ruhl and Zona Marie (Holman) Ruhl. He was raised in the North Portland area of Oregon and graduated from North Catholic High School.

After earning a bachelor's degree in psychology from Lewis and Clark College, he earned a master's degree in education from Western Oregon University and a doctorate of education from the University of Oregon.

During the first 10 years of his career, Dr. Ruhl taught first grade in Canby and West Linn school districts. He later served as principal at both Sunset and Stafford schools in West Linn and as superintendent of Sauvie Island School District, guiding that district's consolidation with Scappoose. More recently, he mentored graduate students in educational administration and created the Doctor of Education program at Lewis and Clark College.

Since 2006, he has directed the Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education programs at Marylhurst University.

Survivors include his wife Mary, his mother Zona Ruhl, his daughter Amanda, his brother Steve, his sister-in-law Beth Ruhl and nieces and nephews.

Two events will be held Saturday, July 16, on the Marylhurst University campus to honor him. Friends, colleagues and family are invited at 1 p.m. Saturday to St. Anne's Chapel on the Marylhurst campus to a memorial service.

Following the service, a 'Celebration of Tom Ruhl's Life' will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Clark Commons. This second event will feature several speakers and formal opportunities for guests to share their memories of him.

A scholarship fund to benefit children of immigrants has been set up in his honor. Memorial contributions can be made to the fund at Marylhurst University, P.O. Box 261, Marylhurst, OR, 97036.

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