Ruth St. John Freeman


Ruth St. John Freeman born Hemlock, NY April 18, 1918 (d. 1988). Quaker pacifist; first woman professor at Cornell. National President, WILPF, 1953-55; fought charges of communist influence. Called for nuclear abolition; co-authored two pamphlets against conscription, 1945. Endowed internship at War Resisters League.


Since Quakers are devoted to ‘peace’ in the absolute, have issued many statements against war in any form, and early refused to profit from war or believe that war could accomplish any desired end, it could be expected that they would speak for peace even in the midst of war.” (“Quakers and Peace”, p. 57)