On behalf of the AIBD House of Delegates, Board of Directors and staff, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Donald Ruth, FAIBD. Don passed away last Thursday and the AIBD recognizes him for his many contributions to the Institute and our industry.Don was a Certified Professional member who joined the organization in 1988 and quickly became fully involved in the Institute. He is a former continuing education instructor, and electronics educator, a past National Vice President of the AIBD and NCBDC, a past member of the NCBDC Board of Examiners and numerous building codes committees, a former Associate Editor of Design Line Magazine and has served on many AIBD North Carolina society and national committees. All of this earning him the highest honors in the AIBD; In 1996 he was the third member to receive the Designer of the Year award and in 1994 he was inducted into the AIBD College of Fellows.
A visionary and innovator, Don envisioned comprehensive and complex designs easily encompassing numerous areas of experience and expertise. His expertise and certifications are not limited to a single field, but also encompasses the professions of electrical/analogue and digital electronics/mechanical design, freelance writing, professional photography, patent design/development and mission/craftsman styles of furniture design.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Sharon C. Ruth. The funeral services were held yesterday at Trinity Baptist Church in Moorseville, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 221 Erwin Road, Mooresville, NC 28117. Don was 64 years old.
To learn more about Don and to view examples of his work, visit his website, www.DonRuthFAIBD.com.
This Saturday, Alys Beach home tour
The AIBD Florida Society’s second quarterly meeting of 2014 is this weekend and everyone is invited to attend. Society President, Jim Lucia says, “I’m looking forward to the general membership meeting and product presentations Saturday morning and our guided tour of Alys Beach after lunch!” He adds, “Socializing starts at 8 AM. See you at this amazing educational opportunity!”
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