In Memory of Her: Rosemary Radford Ruether


image of Rosemary Radford Ruether with a smile on her face

Rosemary Radford Ruether, 2012 (WATER file photo)

The Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) joins a grateful world in rejoicing in the life, work, and many commitments of Rosemary Radford Ruether as we lament her death. We extend our sympathy to the Ruether Family on their loss.

Rosemary’s extraordinary contributions to global well-being, especially for women, through scholarship, activism, and solidarity constitute an unparalleled legacy. With her students, colleagues and collaborators around the world, we commit to deepening our efforts for justice “in memory of her.”

Announcement of Rosemary Radford Ruether’s Death:

Pioneering Catholic feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether, accompanied by her daughters Mimi and Becky, died peacefully on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 3 PM PDT in Pomona, California after a long illness. Arrangements are pending with more information to follow.

Dr. Ruether was a scholar activist par excellence. She was respected and beloved by students, colleagues, and collaborators around the world for her work on ecofeminist and liberation theologies, anti-racism, Middle East complexities, women-church, and many other topics.

Her legacy, both intellectual and personal, is rich beyond imagining. The scope and depth of her work, and the witness of her life as a committed feminist justice-seeker will shine forever with a luster that time will only enhance.

Let us rejoice in the privilege of having known her.

Mary E. Hunt, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER), at the request of the family

About Rosemary Radford Ruether:

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Article by Mary E. Hunt from 2014:

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