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Ruth Rodgers-Altmann Life Timeline

  • Birth

    Ruth was born in Vienna, Austria as the youngest of three siblings.
  • Skiing

    Ruth first started skiing at the age of 5.
  • College

    Accepted into Kunstgewerbeschule, the Art Academy of Vienna, and studied there for four years.
  • First Job

    First Job
    Ruth began working as a stylist and interior decorator in Vienna’s largest department store, Herzmansky.
  • Leaving Vienna

    Leaving Vienna
    Ruth and her family traveled to Prague, Czechoslovakia to see her grandmother. After hearing of the stories coming out of Austria about the Anschluss, Ruth decided to not return to Austria, and instead leave for the United States.
  • American Life

    American Life
    Once in New York, Ruth began work as a stylist and designer at Mavest. There, she designed the first ski jacket that had a concealed hood built into the collar.
  • Marriage

    Ruth married Dr. Martin Rodgers and began working from home.
  • Susan Costello Friedman

    Susan Costello Friedman
    Ruth gave birth to her first daughter Susan
  • Victoria Thorson

    Victoria Thorson
    Ruth gave birth to her second daughter Victoria
  • Dr. Martin Rodgers Deployment

    Dr. Martin Rodgers Deployment
    After Martin was deployed to the Pacific, Ruth stopped working from home and began looking for a different job
  • Work at Bloomingdale's

    Work at Bloomingdale's
    Ruth began working at Bloomingdale's and established two new departments during her time there; the ski shop and the fashion fabric center. Ruth resigned in 1947.
  • School Involvement

    School Involvement
    After leaving Bloomingdale's, Ruth coordinated a very successful art enrichment program at her children’s school.
  • Ruth Rodgers Enterprise

    Ruth Rodgers Enterprise
    Ruth established Ruth Rodgers Enterprise in 1951. She worked with manufacturers from the early stages of the design process until production and sale.
  • Divorce and Remarriage

    Divorce and Remarriage
    In 1967, Ruth married Hans Carl Altmann after divorcing Dr. Martin Rogers.
  • Marquis' Who's Who

    Marquis' Who's Who
    Ruth received a special Inclusion in Marquis' Who's Who of American Women.
  • Austria Kultur Magazine

    Austria Kultur Magazine
    Featured in the Austrian Culture Forum New York's magazine Austria Kultur.
  • Skiing in Later Life

    Skiing in Later Life
    Won the Gerald Ford American Ski Classic at the age of 81 (opponents in their 20s)
  • City Recognition

    City Recognition
    Received a silver medal of honor from the City of Vienna, Austria for outstanding achievement.
  • Leo Baeck Institute Involvement

    Leo Baeck Institute Involvement
    Chosen as an honorary representative for the Austrian Heritage Collection at the Leo Baeck Institute, New York
  • Alta, Utah

    Alta, Utah
    Inducted as an Honorary Citizen of the Town of Alta (Utah) by Mayor Bill Levitt, with a Certificate of Recognition that eulogized her for “dedicated and loyal service above and beyond the call of duty” to the Town of Alta.
  • Life at Napeague Bay

    Life at Napeague Bay
    Ruth's painting, Life at Napeague Bay, received a special selection from her 2008 Retrospective Volkshochschule Hietzing by the Collection at University of Applied Arts Vienna.
  • Overall Life Awards/Press

    Overall Life Awards/Press
    Ruth's works have been shown internationally, including The Hamptons art fixture Elaine Benson Gallery, the Brownstone Gallery, the Sonnenburg Gallery in Oberlech, and are seen at Florence Moore Hall at Stanford University and at the Alf Engen Ski Museum at Utah Olympic Parkapeague Bay, received a special selection from her 2008 Retrospective Volkshochschule Hietzing by the Collection at University of Applied Arts Vienna
  • Death

    Ruth passed away in New York City at the age of 97.