Ruth H. Dugan

BEDFORD - Ruth Harder Dugan, 98, of Bedford and formerly of Hamburg, N.Y., died on July 4, 2012, after several years of failing health.

She was born Oct. 19, 1913, in Buffalo, N.Y., the youngest of five children of Cordelia Cousins Harder and Edwin Partridge Harder. She graduated from Lafayette High School in Buffalo, Cornell University in 1935, with a bachelor's of arts degree in economics and University of Buffalo in 1965, with a master's degree in early childhood education and taught preschool until her retirement.

She married William Dugan in 1937 and raised their five children, Molly Ayarza of Quito, Ecuador; Sam Dugan of Manchester; Patrick Dugan, Rancho Mirage, Calif.; Dixie Siegel of Lakewood, N.Y., and Dirk Dugan of Ithaca, N.Y., all of whom survive her. In addition she leaves 23 nieces and nephews, 12 grandchildren and a growing number of great-grandchildren.

Ruth was at the center of her family, had a perfect disposition and a great love of children with whom she shared swimming, tennis, fishing, tractor rides, winter sports, a secret chocolate chip cookie recipe, and great empathy for all their trials.

She loved and was well loved by many adult friends and family as well, joining them for tennis, skiing, walking, theater, concerts and service organizations, the American Red Cross, League of Women Voters, and Tifft Nature Preserve in South Buffalo.


SERVICES: A memorial gathering in Hamburg, N.Y., is being planned for October.

Gifts: In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Tifft Nature Preserve, Development Office Buffalo Museum of Science 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo NY 14211 or Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra or Development Office,499 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202.

Brewitt Funeral Service, 2 Epping St., Raymond, is assisting the family with arrangements. To sign an online guestbook, please visit

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Brewitt Funeral Home
2 Epping Street Raymond, NH 03077
(603) 895-3628

Published in Union Leader on July 6, 2012