GIFTS IN TRIBUTE
A SPECIAL TRIBUTE
March 31, 1954–December 13, 2020
Lyn Ragsdale, Ph.D., the Radoslav A. Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science at Rice University, a dedicated scholar, educator, administrator, researcher, author, traveler and patron of the arts, died unexpectedly at her Houston home on Sunday, December 13, 2020. A dynamic force, she lived an accomplished life and her hard work, intellect, generosity, caring nature, and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed.
Lyn was a beloved wife, mother and sister. In 1988, she married fellow political scientist, Jerrold “Jerry” Rusk and they had 32 wonderful years together sharing academic pursuits, music, sports, theatre and travel. Together they raised their son, Saint Louis Ballet company member, Matthew Rusk.
Lyn loved the arts, especially ballet. She passed her passion onto Matthew when at the age of 5 he attended his first ballet, The Nutcracker, and loved it. From that moment on, ballet became Matthew's passion. Lyn and Matthew attended hundreds of ballets together throughout the world, providing Matthew with the opportunity to learn from the finest ballet dancers.
Lyn was overjoyed when Matthew became a professional ballet dancer. She attended his every performance with Saint Louis Ballet, regularly traveling to St. Louis from Houston. Over the years, she became a great friend to the ballet company, supporting its professional and community-based programs with great enthusiasm.
Saint Louis Ballet extends our deepest sympathy to Matthew and to all of Lyn’s family and friends at this profoundly difficult time. To read more about Lyn and her amazing life, click here.
To make a contribution to Saint Louis Ballet in Lyn’s memory, click here
Matthew Rusk performs Cavalier in "The Nutcracker". Photo by Kelly Pratt
GIFTS IN TRIBUTE
In memory of Lyn Ragsdale
Jeanne Doornbos and Michael Maher
Vivian Ho and Richard Boylan
Marie Lynn Miranda
In memory of Sarah Brent Ridley Tremble, who loved ballet.
Dr. Seldin Tremble
In memory of those who have lost their lives due to COVID-19
In memory of Betty Abernathie
Chad and Julie Johnson
In memory of Joseph Meives and John Meives
In memory of Frank Joseph Napp, who loved to watch his granddaughter dance.
Marlene and Lisa Napp
In memory of Doris Pree
In honor of Lauren Christensen
The Arneson Family
In honor of Rebecca Cornett
In honor of Jennifer and Gary Cowgill
In honor of Sarah Glasser
Annette and Randall Markarian
Anna Brasher Molina
Amanda Spitzer Settle
In honor of Julie Heiss
In honor of Amy Herchenroether and Family
In honor of Ms. Rosalind Holden
Brian and Keri Hoffmann
In honor of Gen and Tanya Horiuchi
In honor of Elizabeth Lloyd
Cathie and Scott Hernandez
Stephen and Carol Wilenchek
In honor of Rachelle Mahoney
In honor of Arleen Meadows
Merridith von Hartitzsch
In honor of Matthew Rusk
Kathy Svensson Sykes
In honor of Kirsten Schultz
In honor of the staff and dancers of Saint Louis Ballet
In honor of Alice Carter Seddon
Margaret Gilleo and Charles Guenther
In honor of Mary Strauss
Julie and Tim Noonan
Lisa and Tom Suntrup
In honor of Masaki Suzuki
In honor of Thomas R. and Carol Voss
Michael Isaacson and Joseph Ortmeyer
In honor of Patricia and Dr. Leo Whiteside
Jane and Al Van Amburg
In honor of Lori Wilson
In honor of Vanessa Woods
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Above: SLB Dancers in Christopher Wheeldon's "The American", photo by Kelly Pratt