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In Tribute to William R. Ruth
57 years old.   Residence: Mount Airy, Md.
Died in Pentagon

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Dr. Ruth was my 8th grade geography teacher when I attended Eastern Junior High in 78-80. He is the teacher I remember most often and he inspired my life-long interest in geography and travel. I wondered recently what ever happened to him and was saddened to find this.

*** Posted by Brian Sites on 2012-03-29 ***

Bless this man and hold him dear, Lord, to your loving heart. His life touched others. It is clear he gathered great joy in inspiring young minds.

I lost my dear husband, David W. Ruth, to cancer this past February. He, too, served in Vietnam. I wonder if they were anywhere near each other then. I know they are now.

God bless his family.

*** Posted by Rosemary Ruth on 2010-09-15 ***

I was at work at 51 N Street NE. When we realized what had happened, I went onto the roof of the building and could see the smoke from the Pentagon. I tried to call my friend Bill Ruth, who was on active duty at the Pentagon, and he did not answer. I later discovered that Chief Warrant Office William R. Ruth was among those murdered that day.

Bill had retired from Montgomery County Public Schools after many years of teaching. I think he had 27 years of service to the students of Montgomery County.

Bill was a good man, a father, brother and son. He was a veteran of Vietnam, and the Gulf War, and it is too bad that the Montgomery County School system refuses to honor him.

They simply pretend that he never existed.

But for what it is worth, I will never forget him.

*** Posted by John Rentz on 2010-09-11 ***

Mr. Ruth was my seventh grade history teacher, and he was fabulous.

*** Posted by Kim Abrams on 2010-04-21 ***


I do not know this family at all, but I would just like to add my sorrow and understanding. He used to teach at my middle school, and my teacher remembered him this morning while we were watching a movie on the World Trade Center.

An Eastern M.S. student

*** Posted by an Eastern student on 2009-09-16 ***

Well, I don't know you, William R Ruth, but apparently you taught at Eastern, which was my middle school.  :-)

*** Posted by a student on 2009-09-16 ***

Dear Ruth Family,

I don't know you or William, but when saw that a Ruth was a casualty in the 9/11 attack, it upset me. Please accept my condolences.

With love and prayers,
The Ruth Family (Ohio)

*** Posted by Sarita Ruth on 2008-04-30 ***

Bill was my cousin. Although we didn't communicate much as adults, there was still that "ownership" feeling that one has with family members, no matter how far away they are. The events of Sept. 11th, of course shook me to the core---but were compounded when I found out later that day that one of the planes had struck the portion of the Pentagon where Bill's office was located. I just recently became aware of this web site and the opportunities to write something. It is very comforting to share grief in order to deal with it and I have enjoyed reading the wonderful comments made by some of his students; It warmed my heart to hear of the great influences he had on many. My fondest memories of him were from childhood when the Ruth side of the family would gather at our grandparent's home for Christmas brunch. Precious memories. Bill, my humble and heartfelt prayer is that your dear Spirit will never be far away....until we meet again.  Karen

*** Posted by Karen L.Goins on 2006-09-21 ***

Mr. Ruth was my science teacher at T.W. Pyle Middle school in Bethesda, MD and he was my favorite teacher. He was so easy to understand that I actually enjoyed his class. I was a terrible student, but in Mr. Ruth's class I always got a B. I learned so much from him. I even wanted to join the HAM radio club after school in order to learn more from him. Being the only girl that year I quickly dropped out, but he understood. Mr. Ruth was a great person, teacher and friend. I am very sorry for his family.

*** Posted by Paula Martindill on 2006-09-15 ***

Mr.Ruth was my 7th grade Social Studies and History teacher at John T. Baker Middle School in Damascus MD way back in 1995. He was the best teacher, and he made learning fun. He would bring in pictures and slideshows of helicopters he flew, and always had a fantastic story to tell. I remember being more interested in going to his class than any other. I remember him as a kind man, wanting to make sure we achieved our potential and enjoyed doing it.
We lost not only a great man that day, 5 years ago, but our country lost a hero. He was such an inspiration to me that I recently completed my education to become a teacher so that I could touch lives that way that he did. We'll miss you Mr.Ruth, you were the best of the best!

*** Posted by Barbara Boyd(Overmier) on 2006-09-11 ***

I can say that a small handful of teachers made a real impact on my life. Mr. Ruth was one of them. He was able to be direct and exact, which helped with my short attention span. He made every class interesting and was a true "teacher". He is my source of limited knowledge of HAM radios. I learned of his passing last year, I was very sad and shocked. I knew how seriously he took his service to our country, and he ended up giving the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you Mr. Ruth for what you did to help me in class and thank you for what you did to help our country. God bless, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Scott M.

*** Posted by Scott Martindill on 2006-09-09 ***

William R Ruth, or Mr. Bill, was my neighbor and a very good friend of my families. I met him soon after we moved to Mt. Airy, and although I only knew him for a few years his influences on my life will last forever. I will never forget our trips to Canada. He owned a cabin on Crow River and he invited my family to join his families vacations. Those weeks were amazing and so much fun. I also use to watch his dogs while he was staying in D.C. during the week. About a year before the attacks of September 11th Bill's son was killed in a car accident. That is when I truely saw how strong Bill was. Everyone else was falling apart and he managed to hold himself together. I know Bill would want everyone who grieves for him to do the same. I will never forget the amazing man who was so many things to so many people. A Gulf War Veteran, a commited teacher, a father, son, and friend. God Bless William R. Ruth!

*** Posted by Denise on 2006-02-02 ***

I just learned of his death this morning...strangely, and posted the following on another forum:

Well, today is September 11. Four years after the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

I was doing a random web search for something that is not really an important to this post...and ran across a story about a man named William R. (Bill) Ruth who was killed at the Pentagon on 9/11. Mr. Ruth was my 7th grade science teacher at Thomas Pyle Middle School in Bethesda, MD. He was a Marine Officer and Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam and flew Helicopters as a warrant officer with the Maryland National Guard while he was my teacher. I thought about, and eventually joined the Army some years ago...in part because he had told us some cool stories in class. In a sense, he planted the seed in my mind to join the military.

I had no idea that he was dead until a few minutes ago. He was killed when the airplane smashed into his office. Strangely, I learned of his death while randomly searching the internet 4:30 a.m. on September 11, 2005.

He was a cool guy.  I am sorry to have learned this...my condolences to his family.

*** Posted by Anonymous on 2005-09-11 ***

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