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Ruth Rebecca Davidow


Davidow, Rebecca

Davidow, Ruth Rebecca. b. September 1, 1911, NYC; AMB; Nurse; CP 1937 and Spanish CP; Arrived in Spain on June 13, 1937; Served with the Republican Medical Services, Nurse at Pozoblanco on Cordoba Front, during the Ebro Offensive with Spanish Surgical Team; d. June 28, 1999, San Francisco, California.

Source: Good Fight, (obituary) The Volunteer, Volume 21, No. 3, Summer 1999, p. 20.

Photograph: Ruth Davidow from her Nursing School Yearbook, screen shot from The Good Fight.




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Additional Notes Post-war was married to veterans Fred Keller and Vernon Brown If there were Forever Activist Awards, Ruth Davidow would get the Red Star. After serving as a nurse in the Spanish Civil War, she used her medical skill to serve the disadvantaged as a public health nurse. In 1960 she journeyed to Cuba, joining the Public Health Organization in Havana, where she worked for two years. In 1965 she participated in the civil rights movement in Mississippi, working with the Medical Committee for Human Rights, during "Freedom Summer." When Native Americans occupied Alcatraz Island, they asked Ruth to run the health care services. She was one of the few non-Native Americans allowed on the island. She celebrated her 85th birthday at the Third International Women's Conference in Beijing, where she was a delegate. A key subject in several documentaries including, The Good Fight, Their Cause was Liberty, and the Academy Award nominee, Forever Activists, Davidow became a film maker herself, producing 21 films, on subjects from health care to political activism. She was born in Russia in 1911, and immigrated to the United States when she was three. She graduated from Brooklyn Jewish Hospital with a degree in nursing in 1936. After the civil war she married fellow Lincoln Vet Fred Keller. Davidow died on June 28, 1999.