Ruth Carter Stevenson (1923–2013) Guest Book

Release date: 
January 9, 2013

Ruth Carter Stevenson (1923–2013)

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s board of trustees and staff mourn the passing of their longtime president of the board, Ruth Carter Stevenson. The daughter of the museum’s namesake, Amon G. Carter Sr. (1879–1955), Stevenson was solely responsible for seeing that her father’s wish to establish a museum for the city of Fort Worth was realized. Under her leadership, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art opened to the public in January 1961.

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Mrs. Stevenson was such a generous, hard-working advocate for all of the people of Fort Worth, not only for the arts but for many projects. As a child my mother worked with her on committees and she greatly admired this young woman who had a vision for what our community could be. The museum is a fitting legacy for her life.

What a great treasure and wonderful legacy that Ms. Stevenson leaves the City of Fort Worth and its residents. We should all be grateful to the strong leaders and trailblazers like her that have worked, and continue to work, so hard to make our community a great place to live. I hope her legacy continues on for many years to come and am proud to do my part by serving on the Arts Council that she founded.

I had a great deal of respect for Mrs. Stevenson. She was a strong and intelligent woman and a force to be reckoned with most of the time, but was usually right. I loved to listen to her talk about art and the great artists that she had met during her life. She was truly her father's daughter in her philanthropic efforts to support the Fort Worth community. She was a great lady and did a lot of great things in her long life. May she rest comfortably now in her Father's arms in Heaven.

Thank you Mrs. Stevenson for your dedication to making the Amon Carter a world class museum. I am so inspired whenever I visit the Amon Carter and am so grateful for her tireless work to make her father's vision a reality.

I am grateful that Mrs. Stevenson was such a champion for arts education and not only knew about the various programs offered at the Amon Carter, but encouraged our efforts to reach out to ever broader audiences. It isn't always routine that a museum's education department would receive such strong support from the board of trustees and knowing that it also came from the founder's family further validated our work. I appreciate so much the legacy of quality that she leaves, which influences everything that we do at the museum.

I only met her a few times, but she was a lovely woman and very down to earth. Her family left a great legacy to Fort Worth, Texas and the World.

A loss of a most gracious lady. Thank you, Mrs. Stevenson for your gift of art to all of us.

-M. Bongiovi
New York, NY

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