Van Dine Family Americanism Award

Richard and Ruth Lohrer have been in the south bay region since 1974 and have given of their time and talent to help build a stronger, more cultured, and educated community of brotherhood.

Richard, educated at Harvard and NYU, served in the USAFR during the Korean War from 1954-1958. Ruth with her education from Mount Holyoke College, has made impact on her surrounding community with her efforts to care and house those in greatest need. Both volunteer at the Art Center and the PV Library, devoting their time to grow and maintain the arts in Palos Verdes. Both are instrumental in the coordination of the all-volunteer outreach FISH that provides emergency food, clothing and furniture to people in need. Both are immersed in many more volunteer activities and have been recognized throughout the community.

Their tireless commitment to the community is for the purpose that Ruth so aptly described - the "need to work on brotherhood". Their service has fed, clothed, furnished, housed, educated, strengthened and encouraged so many, that it can be said of the two, their purpose to build an environment of "brotherhood" is being realized.

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