Mrs. Dorothy Fruit passed away peacefully at home in Kent, Ohio following a brief illness with her family by her side on Wednesday, April 30 2014.
Dorothy Ann Beck was born March 15, 1929, the daughter of Roy and Ruth (Riddle) Beck of East Palestine, Ohio. She was a 1947 graduate of East Palestine High School, and 1951 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
She is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Kent in Kent, Ohio.
Mrs. Fruit is survived by her spouse, James Pettit Fruit whom she married on July 14, 1951; along with their three children, Jeffrey W. (Marcia) of East Palestine, Ohio, Lynn M. (Ed Miller) of Tampa, Fla., and David J. of Davis and Lake Tahoe, Calif., and six grandchildren, Byron J. (Jenifer) Fruit of Pittsburgh, Pa., Callie L. (Patrick) McFall of Columbiana, Ohio, James W. Fruit of Bethesda, Md., Roy K. Fruit of East Palestine, Ohio, Nicholas A. Miller and Grant Beck Miller both of Tampa, Fla.
She loved reading and travel, and was known by her family and friends as a gourmet cook who loved sharing her dinner table with those she loved. She will be remembered as a scholar, teacher, role model and mentor, and active volunteer in her community and church, and by her family as a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She received her master's degree from Kent State University and a specialization in gerontology from the University of Michigan. She served as director and faculty member of the School of Family and Consumer Studies at Kent State University. Two scholarships were named in her honor, the Dorothy Fruit Gerontology Student Scholarship and the Family and Consumer Studies Student Scholarship. She was instrumental in establishing an undergraduate gerontology major, the Gerontology Center and the Interdisciplinary Council on Gerontology. She served on the Laurel Lake Retirement Center Board, Kentway Retirement Center Board, Family and Consumer Studies Alumni Board (KSU) and the Ohio Research Council on Aging Executive Committee.
Funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4th at the Presbyterian Church of Kent with Rev. Aaron Meadows officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the services. Private burial will be held at Glenview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dorothy Fruit Gerontology Student Scholarship, the Family and Consumer Studies Student Scholarship, or the Presbyterian Church of Kent, 1456 E. Summit Street, Kent, OH 44240.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on May 3, 2014