Ruth Salzman Adams | AspenTimes.com

Ruth Salzman Adams

Ruth Salzman Adams, of Chicago, Washington, Basalt, and more recently San Diego, succumbed peacefully to cancer at her home on Friday evening, Feb. 25, in the loving company of her husband of 51 years, Robert McCormick Adams, daughters Gail Lorien, Beth Skinner, and Megan Adams, and grandchildren Nico and Gabi Herbst and Reese Adams-Romagnoli. She was 81 years old.The Adams family owns a house up the Fryingpan, in the Seven Castles area. Ruth had many local connections; most recently she was a panelist on last August’s Einstein seminar held at the Aspen Institute. She was also a former trustee of the Rocky Mountain Institute. Ruth held posts on numerous national and international boards and her work spanned a breadth of interests. Among others, she was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and her books include works on human migrations, the anti-ballistic missile, and contemporary China. She had been program director for Peace and International Cooperation of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and prior to that editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. In the later decades of the Cold War she had a role in maintaining the flow of understanding on nuclear issues between senior Western and Soviet scientists.


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