This piece initially appeared on cowbird.com which has since been archived.
This is Ruth, Frank Glazer's life friend. Ruth Gevalt Glazer was my father's sister. This picture was taken in 1927 when she was 16 years old. She is resetting the pins on a sunny, cold day of ice bowling on a pond in Boston.
Ruth had a gorgeous voice. She was a soprano and in 1946 she debuted at Jordan Hall in Boston. For her concert, she sought out a pianist to accompany her who had backbone, someone who would not be afraid to tell her when she was singing it wrong or when she'd hit it right. She found Frank. "Now that was a pianist with backbone," she said. Six years later they married.
Ruth was a force. She could fill a room, a concert hall even. Her energy was boundless. You can see that in her eyes, here, in this picture, 80 years before she died.