Ruth Chalmers was born July 17, 1922, in White Plains Hospital to the Rev. Alan Reid Chalmers and Ruth Nash Chalmers. Mr. Chalmers was Rector of the Church of St. James the Less in Scarsdale, and Mrs. Chalmers was editor of the Scarsdale Inquirer.
A graduate of Scarsdale High School and Smith College, Miss Chalmers was a ranking junior tennis player and a member of the Junior Wightman Cup Squad. She also toured in England with the Camp Merestead field hockey team and later as manager of the U.S. women’s lacrosse association touring team to Great Britain and Ireland. In 1957, she and Richard Hebard of Scarsdale won the National Mixed Doubles Championship of the American Platform Tennis Association. In her professional career, Miss Chalmers was executive director of the Jane Addams Peace Association in New York City, for 42 years. The association carries on the work of Jane Addams for international and interracial peace. After retiring, Miss Chalmers studied history at Fordham University and received a master’s degree in May 1999.
Miss Chalmers was a member of the Scarsdale Democratic Committee and, later, the Bronxville Democratic Committee. She also served on the Vestry of the Church of St. Joseph of Arimathea in Elmsford.
Her three sisters were Theresa Gay of New York City; Nancy Hardenbergh of Minneapolis, Minn.; and Kathleen Nichols of Santa Cruz, Calif. She is also survived by seven nephews and nieces, seven great-nephews and nieces, and a great-great nephew and a great-great niece.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 17, at 2:30 p.m., Church of the Atonement, 17 Quogue St., Quogue, NY.
Contributions may be sent to the Church of St. Joseph of Arimathea, 2171 Saw Mill River Road, White Plains, NY 10607; or Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 1213 Race St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; or Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Box 492, Quogue, NY 11959; or Smith College Alumnae Association, Northampton, MA 01063.
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Chalmers Family with 2 pictures of Robin and sisters and Ruth Sr.
YON's Mom with a picture of Robin and Nancy and Kathleen
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