Ruth Finesinger Kellam

Ruth Finesinger Kellam died on Thursday, March 4, at the age of 68. She was
passionately involved with the Hyde Park Art Fair (serving on the board), The
University of Chicago Folk Festival, The Music of the Baroque (serving as
treasurer), and other organizations.  Her interest in folk music began at an
early age. She learned the piano at  age four, played banjo and guitar, and with
her near-perfect pitch, enjoyed many styles of singing. Ruth was loved and
admired alike by family, friends, and co-workers. Ruth’s smile, selfless energy,
frankness, and fortitude were indeed special qualities. She will be sorely
missed. She is survived by her sons, Jonathan, Anthony, and Stephen, and her
companion, archivist and acclaimed folk musician Joe Hickerson. There will be a
memorial service for Ruth on May 15 at Bond Chapel on the University of Chicago

[Courtesy of the

Folk Alliance