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Ruth Carter Stevenson

Ruth Carter Stevenson, the widow of John Reese Stevenson of New York, N.Y., and daughter of founding Star-Telegram Publisher Amon G. Carter, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at home. She was 89. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fort Worth. Burial will be private. Visitation: Was 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert M. Bass, Bradford S. Breuer, Robert W. Brown, M.D., Amon G. Carter III, Walker C. Friedman, W.P. Harris, George C. "Tim" Hixon, Richard W. Moncrief, John H. Robinson, Benjamin F. Stapleton, William E. Tucker and Andrew J. Walker. Memorials: The family requests that any memorials be in the form of gifts to The Ruth Carter Stevenson Memorial Fund, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107. Born in Fort Worth, Ruth attended North Hi Mount Elementary School, among others, before graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 1945 with a bachelor of science in chemistry. She joined the Fort Worth Art Association and served as chairman of the Fort Worth City Art Commission, founding the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County in 1963. That same year she was appointed to the board of regents of the University of Texas at Austin by Gov. John Connally. She was instrumental in the creation of the Ruth Carter Stevenson Chair of Architecture at the university in 1992. Ruth served on the board of trustees of Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, was president of the Junior League of Fort Worth, and with Nancy Lee Bass founded the Fort Worth Streams and Valleys Committee in 1976. She served on the Visiting Committee of the Fogg Museum at Harvard University beginning in 1978, and joined the boards of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Trust for Historic Places and the American Federation of Arts. She was appointed to the board of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in 1979, becoming chairman in 1993. Her "sixth child," the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, opened to the public in 1961. For more information, please visit the museum website at www.cartermuseum.org. Ruth loved life, especially working in her gardens in Fort Worth and Roaring Gap, N.C., raising flowers, fruits and vegetables, from azaleas to tulips and orchids and from peas and beans to tomatoes. She passed many an hour at board meetings and at home engaged with petit point needlework and loved to travel. Survivors: Her children, Sheila Broderick Johnson, J. Lee Johnson IV, Catherine Lehane Johnson and Mark Lehane Johnson, all of Fort Worth, and Karen Johnson Hixon of San Antonio; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral Home

Thompson's Harveson & Cole
702 Eighth Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76106
817-336-0345

Published in Star-Telegram from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, 2013
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