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Ruth E. Purdy, D.O.

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Ruth E. Purdy, D.O.

Posted: 1365122760000
Classification: Obituary
6-4-1929 - 4-2-2013

Purdy Ruth E. Purdy, D.O., departed this life of nearly 93 years.
Reared in Killbuck, Ohio, Ruth distinguished herself early academically and was encouraged by her grandmother to become a physician.
A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, she married Jack T. Zeller, a prominent Mount Vernon, OHIO attorney -- her high school sweetheart seven years after earning her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
A dedicated physician, Ruth worked for almost 70 years at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was widely recognized for her professionalism among colleagues and patients. Throughout her career, Ruth was considered to be a real trailblazer-inspiring generations of physicians as a role model and teacher. Her diagnostic abilities were legendary-but she never lost sight of the fact that she was working with individuals.
Ruth was one of the first female osteopathic physicians in the country; as such, she was honored by the Ohio House of Representatives for being the first female physician at Doctors Hospital.
Ruth was widely recognized for her professionalism, receiving the Oscar John Snyder Memorial Medal from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; the James F. Sosnowski, D.O., Distinguished Service Award presented by the Columbus Academy of Medicine; the Master Clinical Teacher Award from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; the Women's Board of central Ohio Diabetes Distinguished Service Award; the Phillips Medal; the Annual Women in Medicine Conference Appreciation Award; the Award of Merit from the Chief of Staff at Doctors Hospital; the American Osteopathic Association's first-ever Mentor of the Year award; and the Ohio Osteopathic Association's Distinguished Service Award.
Ruth volunteered for many medical associations, holding office on the boards of the regional American Heart Association and Central Ohio Diabetes Association, and served as a physician advisor to ICU~CCU American Heart Association nurses.

She is survived by her brother, Dr. Clyde L. Purdy, (DVM) Mount Vernon, OH; numerous nieces and nephews, and dear friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband Jack T. Zeller, brother Robert, and sisters Cleo and Amy. Throughout her life, she enjoyed family, friends, travel, golf, theater and, above all, being a physician.
Celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at Northwest United Methodist Church, 5200 Riverside Drive, Columbus, OH 43220.

Friends will be received 1 hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, donations to: Ohio University Foundation, in honor of Ruth E. Purdy, D.O, Scholarship (Sharon B. Zimmerman, MPA, Executive Director of Health Affairs, Ohio University, Cutler Hall, 308, Athens, Ohio 45701) or the Central Ohio Diabetes Association (1100 Dennison Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201

Arrangements entrusted to SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, (614) 457-5481. To share memories of condolences, visit

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