FROM LEFT: Ruth Altshuler stands with Pi Beta Phi grand president Paula Shepherd in 2015.
UPDATE: A live webcast of a memorial service Thursday to honor renowned civic and philanthropic leader Ruth Altshuler will be available at smu.edu/live.
Ruth Altshuler, a Dallas icon of leadership and philanthropy, died Friday at age 93.
News of her death drew reaction from the likes of the Bushes, Troy Aikman, and former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who tweeted, “Our prayers are with her.”
Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush issued a statement on Saturday.
“We are heartbroken by the loss of our dear friend, Ruth Altshuler,” they said. “Dallas has lost an outstanding civic leader in Ruth. Ruth taught us the lessons of philanthropy, service, and friendship. She was charming, humble, talented, generous, and funny. We loved being with her, and we will miss her.”