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Ruth Geiger Finn

Phoenix - Ruth Geiger Finn, 98, of Phoenix, passed away January 9, 2019 surrounded by music and family. A longtime civil rights activist and a warrior who fought for justice, she was a pioneering female attorney. She graduated #1 in the first ASU Law School class at the age of 50.

Born in New York City, she had to fight for her own education. With her husband, Herbert Finn, she moved to Phoenix in 1948 where they became champions of the civil rights efforts, fighting against segregated schools and discriminatory businesses. They were founding and active members of many civil rights and Jewish organizations. They passionately loved, worked, and fought for justice together.

After the loss of her husband in 1979, Ruth formed a loving partnership with Sam Schwartz. Together they traveled the world and were avid hikers into their 80's.

Ruth was a fighter until the very end. If there is a heaven, she is surely up there holding G-d accountable for his sins.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Herbert Finn, and partner Sam Schwartz. She is survived by her sister Roslyn Cohen, children Judge Elizabeth Finn, Alice Finn Gartell, and William Finn, grandchildren Jennifer Liebhaber, Kira Gartell, Jesse Turner, and Sarah Turner, and great-granddaughter Claire Liebhaber.

Funeral services are Monday, January 14, 1:00pm at Sinai Mortuary in Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project ( or Books for a Better World (
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 13, 2019
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