Ruth Garvey Fink*

Ruth Garvey Fink*

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Ruth Garvey Fink*

The late Ruth Caroline (Garvey) Fink, honorary doctorate '81, was born on April 26, 1917 in Colby, Kan. to Washburn sweethearts Ray Hugh Garvey and Olive Hill White. She was the oldest of four children, and when she was 12, the family moved to Wichita. She attended Wichita State University in 1937. In 1938, she received her B.A. from the University of Illinois and she received her post-graduate degree from the University of Kansas in 1941. Also in 1941, she married Richard Cochener. Ruth's spirit affected many organizations particularly in Topeka, where she resided beginning in 1950. Richard passed away in 1954 and in 1955, she remarried to H. Bernerd Fink. She has three children and two step children. Ruth passed away on September 18, 2007 at the age of 90. Washburn University's physical campus and student life in particular have benefited from Ruth's generous support.