Nutritionist, Musician, Author, Philanthropist Longtime Member of MAPC.
A pillar of Mt. Auburn Presbyterian for 76 years, Ruth Rosevear will be remembered as a dietician, scholar, devoted wife and mother, musician, world traveler and generous giver of her time, energy and financial resources. Ruth met her husband Fran while they were both students at Cornell University, where she studied chemistry and was the first woman to play with the Cornell Orchestra. After marrying in 1936, she and Fran were partners and soul mates for 74 years until Fran passed away in 2010. At MAPC, Ruth coordinated adult education classes, wrote a history of the church, and helped organize many musicales. A licensed dietician, she was a pioneer in natural foods when they were controversial and long before they became mainstream. She served as Nutrition Counselor, wrote over fifty published articles on nutrition and taught classes in nutrition. Ruth and Fran were always heavily involved in the musical life of Cincinnati. They were season ticket subscribers to the Cincinnati Symphony for 75 years and faithful donors. They played in the Cincinnati Community Orchestra, where Ruth played cello, bass, and timpani for 26 years. Ruth’s philanthropic efforts include endowing an academic chair for Dietary Studies in Maternal and Child Nutrition at University of Cincinnati, supporting the Breast Milk Labeling Fund at Children’s Hospital, endowing the Ruth F. Rosevear Chair for Cello at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and, with Fran, funding the renovation and preservation of the stained glass windows in the sanctuary of MAPC and strongly supporting the Anthony House program for homeless youth of the Health Resource Center of Cincinnati.