The Norman Transcript


January 4, 2013

Ruth Parmet David

NORMAN — Longtime Norman resident Ruth Parmet David was a remarkable woman who touched many lives until her death Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Palo Alto, Calif.

Born in 1917 in Allentown, Pa., Ruth was the third child of Russian immigrants Sarah Schoolman and David Parmet. She displayed a passion for dance at an early age. Following her muse, she spent summers at Bennington studying with Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman when modern dance was in its infancy.

Returning to Cedar Crest College each fall, Ruth was tapped to teach dance and to choreograph annual performances as an undergraduate. Upon graduation, she was hired to fill a new faculty position created especially for her. Teaching dance and performing was something Ruth did off and on throughout her life, culminating in her last performance at age 85.

As WWII began, Ruth married Paul David, an intense intellectual and political activist. After the birth of their daughter and the end of the war, they moved to Norman, where she resided from 1945 to 2006. While Paul taught zoology at the University of Oklahoma, Ruth was active in a drama club, where she exhibited exceptional talent in cutting and reading plays and demonstrated an amazing ability to find creative solutions to problems from exquisite sewing to household repairs. She obtained a teaching credential, but no jobs were available, so she completed a master’s degree in library science at the University of Oklahoma in 1963 and was hired to teach library science at the graduate school, a position she had for 14 years.

As Paul struggled with lung cancer, Ruth retired at 60 to care for him, during which time she took up gardening and managed a trip with Paul to Russia. When Paul died in 1984, she volunteered as a reference librarian at the local public library, where she worked for 17 years until age 85. By 88, she was ready to move to California, where both her children reside.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Col. Robert Clark Armstrong

    Col. Robert Clark Armstrong, 76, of Norman, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Norman. Robert was born March 19, 1937, in Jacksonville, Texas, the son of Robert Curtis and Cleonna Christine (Smith) Armstrong....

    March 27, 2013

  • Wendell Troy Peck

    Wendell Troy Peck, 68, went to be with his Savior on Tuesday morning, March 19, 2013, with his family by his side. Wendell Troy “Wink” was born in Oklahoma City on July 1, 1944, the son of George and Juanita Peck....

    March 27, 2013

  • Cassia Anice Mealor

    Cassia Mealor, 56, of Norman, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013, in Norman. Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. today. Services will be 2 p.m. today in the Havenbrook Funeral Home chapel, 3401 Havenbrook St. in Norman.  Arrangements for Cassia ...

    March 27, 2013

  • Norma Lee (Reppert) Allensworth

    Norma Lee (Reppert) Allensworth, 82, of Bellevue, Mich., died March 21, 2013. She was born Jan. 12, 1931, the daughter of Harley and Gussie (Starkey) Barnard in Norman....

    March 26, 2013

  • Donnie Ray Fountain

    Donnie Ray Fountain, 66, of Norman, died Saturday, March 23, 2013. He was born May 3, 1946, to Tommy Dee and Edna Murl (Johnson) Fountain in Oklahoma City....

    March 26, 2013

  • James Dean Sterling

    James Dean Sterling, 80, died peacefully Saturday, March 23, 2013, at the Norman Veterans Center. He was born Sept. 5, 1932, in Oklahoma City to James Hubert Sterling and Lottie Z. (McCalip) Sterling.  Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at ...

    March 26, 2013

  • James H. (Jim) Ballard

    James H. (Jim) Ballard, 79, died on March 21, 2013, in Purcell, after a long battle with cancer. Jim was born Dec. 31, 1933, in Norman, one of three children born to Hardin Ballard and Evelyn Glasco Ballard. Private memorial services for ...

    March 26, 2013

  • George Donald Moore

    George Donald Moore, 81, died peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Countryside Nursing Home in Pilot Point, Texas. He was born in Oklahoma City on Nov. 12, 1931, to Fred C. Moore and Myrtle L. (Brown) Moore....

    March 25, 2013

  • Myrtle Harris

    Myrtle Harris, 98, of Norman, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013 at Norman Regional Hospital. Myrtle was born Dec. 22, 1914 in Newcastle. She was the second child of six children born to Decator Elmer Birden and Venie Lee (Ketner)....

    March 24, 2013

  • Steve Howard

    Steve Howard, 54, of Norman, was called home March 22, 2013, at his home after an extended struggle against early onset Familia Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born Oct. 30, 1958, in Oklahoma City to Marshall and Shirley (Bayles) Howard....

    March 24, 2013