Ruth Dodge - Titanic First Class Passenger
Mrs Ruth Dodge was a first class passenger travelling home to San Francisco, California aboard the maiden voyage of RMS Titanic from Southampton to New York. She boarded Titanic at Southampton on 10th April 1912, with her husband Washington Dodge and their 4 year old son, Washington Dodge Jr. Aboard Titanic they occupied cabin A34.
Ruth Dodge, maiden name Ruth Vidaver, was born on 27th March 1878 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. At some point she married, and in around 1900 had a daughter called Vida Fontaine. It appears she become a widow, and by 1907 had remarried to Dr Washington Dodge, with whom she had her son, Washington Dodge Jr, born on 23rd September 1907.
During the early hours of 15th April 1912, as Titanic was sinking, Ruth Dodge and her son were safely placed into and lowered away from the ship in Lifeboat 5, the second lifeboat to leave the sinking ship. Her husband was left behind on the starboard side Boat Deck, but was able to later find a place in Lifeboat 13 and was safely lowered away from the ship.
Ruth Dodge, her husband and her son were rescued by Carpathia, and arrived in New York on 18th April 1912.
Ruth Dodge died in New York City, New York, United States on 19th July 1950. Her husband, Washington Dodge, had died as a result of suicide in June 1919.