Colleen and I are very sorry to learn of Ruth's passing. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Ruth's family. Ruth was a wonderful person and a great supporter of research in the Kresge Hearing Research Institute at the University of Michigan. She and Lynn endowed the Ruth and Lynn Townsend Professorship, and she and son Jim continued to support research in Autoimmune Hearing Loss for many years. We were lucky to get to know her and some members her beautiful family of which she was very proud. Our lives were deeply enriched by knowing her. She will be missed and remembered as a special friend to the University of Michigan Department of Otolaryngology and the Kresge Hearing Research Institute.