About Tracy Ormsbee

Tracy Ormsbee is publisher of the Adirondack Explorer. When she’s not working – and it’s not black fly season – you can find her outdoors hiking, running, paddle boarding or reading a book on an Adirondack chair somewhere.

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  1. Cindy Vittucci says

    Ruth Kufahl had an amazing ability to make you feel at home. She always asked how my triplets were doing. Whenever I think of the Keene Valley Library Archives I think of her among a few others!

    Cindy (Tryon)

  2. Marjorie Johnson says

    I was surprised when I googled for Ruth. I have been a friend of hers since 1981 and moved to Oregon in 1983. We both have made several trips back and forth to visit. I knew she was in her senior years but guess I figured she would just keep going. So I got a Christmas Card to her back today (sent Dec.12, 2020 not able to forward) I got busy to try to find out why. Well, I saw the article in the Adirondak Explorer and was wondering exactly her date of passing to be a part of those beautiful mountains. I assume her ashes were scattered over them. Please send me any information you may have on a few details for my records. Thank you very much, Marjorie Johnson — I met Ruth in Buffalo just before she retired from the University.

    • Sandy Melville says

      Ruth has not passed away. I spoke to her this afternoon. She is alive and well, and residing at the Will Rogers Retirement Community in Saranac Lake NY.

    • Karen says

      Marjorie and Sandy, Ruth passed away yesterday, 3/22/23 at 6:30 am, after having a stroke a week ago, She was 99 years young and had lived an abundant, rich life with so many friends. She was a dear friend of mine and I will always miss her.

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