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RUTH WHITE PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Ruth Matthews White (d. 2003) of Greensboro, North Carolina, served in the Red Cross from 1945 to 1947.


BIOGRAPHY

Ruth Matthews White grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, and graduated in 1939 from Greensboro High School. She briefly worked at Belk’s Department Store, then studied physical education at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro), graduating in 1943. She then got a job teaching PE at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In April 1945, White joined the Red Cross to work in troop recreation. In July, she went to two weeks of training in Washington, D.C., and then two weeks of service club training at Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia. She was then sent to Camp Stoneman, California, for departure to Manila, Philippines, where she opened a Red Cross club. In November 1945, White volunteered to go to Okinawa, Japan. There she help set up a Red Cross club at the naval operating base (NOB) at Buckner Bay, and then six months later, in the summer of 1946, she moved to the air force’s Club Doolittle, also on Okinawa, near Kadena. After suffering two severe cases of pneumonia, White resigned from the Red Cross in the summer of 1947. She returned to North Carolina and started Camp Awaniko near Blowing Rock, North Carolina, with her Red Cross friend Nancy Wrenn. Ruth White died in November 2003.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
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Ruth White hands out doughnuts and coffee, circa 1946
Item # WV0089.6.010
From the Ruth White Papers
Ruth White, 1945
Item # WV0089.6.007
From the Ruth White Papers
Birthday party for Ruth White, 1946
Item # WV0089.6.009
From the Ruth White Papers
Red Cross workers enjoy fresh milk, 1946
Item # WV0089.6.008
From the Ruth White Papers
Oral history interview with Ruth White, 1999
Item # WV0089.5.001
From the Ruth White Papers
Opening of Red Cross Club in Japan, 1945
Item # WV0089.6.001
From the Ruth White Papers
Opening of Red Cross Club in Japan, 1945
Item # WV0089.6.002
From the Ruth White Papers
Ruth White in front of Club Doo-Little, circa 1946
Item # WV0089.6.003
From the Ruth White Papers
Ruth White in front of ruins, 1945
Item # WV0089.6.004
From the Ruth White Papers
Checkers at Red Cross Club in Japan, circa 1946
Item # WV0089.6.005
From the Ruth White Papers
Ruth White and ping-pong tournament winners, circa 1946
Item # WV0089.6.006
From the Ruth White Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Okinawa Red Cross Pictorial Review, 1946