Monday, September 30, 2019

Betty Reid Soskin, 98-year-old park ranger, recovering from stroke

Tatiana Sanchez Sep. 22, 2019 San Francisco Chronicle

Betty Reid Soskin, the National Park Service’s oldest park ranger, is recovering from a stroke, her son announced on Sunday, her 98th birthday.

“A while ago, while working at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center, Betty was showing evidence of suffering a stroke,” her son, Bob Reid, wrote on Soskin’s Facebook page. “She was taken to the hospital where that concern was confirmed.”

Soskin has been in acute rehabilitation for the past week, he said.

The famed ranger is assigned to the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond. For 15 years as an interpretive park ranger, Soskin has educated thousands of visitors on her experience as a young black woman working in Richmond during World War II. She also worked as a clerk in a Jim Crow-segregated boilermakers union hall.

“We have to recognize where we have been, or we have no way of knowing how we got to where we are,” Soskin told The Chronicle in 2018.

Soskin was named one of Glamour magazine’s “Women of the Year” in 2018 and published her memoir, “Sign My Name to Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life,” in February 2018.

Read the original article here.

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In light of current concerns for everyone’s health and local government recommendations, we have rescheduled our 20th anniversary annual benefit dinner for August 30, 2020. We want to protect our community and especially not jeopardize our Rosies’ health (certainly our super stars of the event!).

I sincerely ask you to buy your tickets today. Rosie the Riveter Trust relies heavily on the funds raised from this annual dinner to keep our programs afloat and our park thriving. Our Board and I look forward to seeing you on August 30 - same time, same place!

My very best, 

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Sarah Pritchard, Executive Director 

PS. If you do not know if you can come and could send a donation, we would be most grateful. Your financial contributions support the day-to-day operations of the Trust and our ability to offer park access to youth and special programming. Thank you!