In Memoriam: Ruth Corey Selman

For Immediate Release

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American Montessori Society
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July 1, 2014 — It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Ruth Corey Selman, PhD, on June 27, 2014, at age 92.

Ruth was a lifetime Montessorian, celebrated by AMS as our 2001 Living Legacy. Among her many achievements was the co-founding of the NYC Village Infant Center (with Suzette Burdette) and the Staten Island Montessori School (with Marlene Barron). She is known to have said that from the beginning, the Montessori philosophy appealed to her not just as an educational approach, but as a social movement.

The daughter of emigres who fled the Russian pogroms in the 1920s to settle in Coney Island, NYC, in addition to being a passionate social activist Ruth was also a dedicated peace activist, as well as a scholarly author, educator, poet, playwright, artist, director of children’s theater, and actress.

We will forever remember her for her joyful, creative, determined, and peaceful spirit. To know Ruth was to love her. You can read more about Ruth in this article from Montessori Life (Winter 1999), “Working Toward Peace: A Conversation with Ruth Selman.”

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