Jill A. Shaw Ruddock '77


Citation for Jill A. Shaw Ruddock, 2012 Common Good Award recipient.

"Jill Shaw Ruddock of the Class of 1977, author, patron of the arts, philanthropist, publisher, and accomplished executive in the world of investments and securities, over the course of your career you have shared generously of your talents, energy, and resources to advance the common good. Your Bowdoin journey began at Northwestern High School in Baltimore, and has included a major in government, membership in the Psi Upsilon fraternity, editorship of The Bugle, a semester at the National Theater Institute in Connecticut, and another semester studying in Vienna, Austria.

Following your graduation, you quickly established yourself in the world of advertising and publishing, launching three new magazines for the Goldhirsch Group and later working as a consultant for The Atlantic Monthly. Your business acumen was recognized at the investment banking and securities brokerage firm of Alex Brown & Sons, where you successively held the positions of vice president, principal, and managing director of the firm's London office. Despite the demands of a busy professional life, you always found the time to serve Bowdoin in important ways, as an overseer of the College from 1991 to 1996 and as a trustee from 1996 to 2000. You and your husband, Paul, established the Shaw Ruddock Museum of Art Fund in 2007, and another gift created the Shaw Ruddock Gallery in the renovated Walker Art Building, enduring legacies for the arts. In London you have given unstintingly of your time and energies as a board member of the American School in London, Donmar Warehouse Projects nonprofit theater, and The Mousetrap Theatre Projects, which afford opportunities for young people with limited resources or disabilities to engage with the world of theater. As a patron of the Royal National Theatre, the Almeida Theatre, and Sadler's Wells Dance House, you have sown the seeds that will yield a bountiful harvest for others.

Your latest endeavor is your first book, The Second Half of Your Life, published in 2010, which addresses the attitudes and issues associated with life after the age of fifty, especially for women. Your book received high critical acclaim, and you seized the opportunity to establish The Second Half Foundation and The Second Half Centre to create a place where women and men over the age of fifty from all socioeconomic circumstances could learn new skills, build social networks, and find ways to make the "second half" of life fulfilling. You understand so well the perspective that graduation marks the beginning, not the end, of an education. On behalf of the Board of Trustees I am proud to present to you the 2012 Common Good Award."