August 19 1987
Age 31, Houston, AIDS
partner: Chris Olsen
Above left, Ruthman at a Diana Awards event
more examples of Ruhlman's distinctive art
Information submitted by Laurie Croxson:
I was a wide-eyed small town girl when I moved to Houston in 1983 and began working at Point Communications, an ad agency where Randy officed. He was sweet, kind and made me feel like family in a city where I had none. One year the agency had us draw names for Christmas presents, with a $10 limit. Randy gave me a small brass hourglass and when I opened it said, Im giving you time you never seem to have enough time. Ironic, isnt it? That hourglass has remained on my desk for 35 years, along with my memories of Randy. So greatly missed, but your project made me smile even though I cried while reading about him.
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