Nebraska Authors

Ruth Raymond Thone

Born 1931-11-21 Scottsbluff, NE (USA)

Died 2018-05-04
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Ruth Thone was well known for her local newspaper columns. She served as editor of the Daily Nebraskan while a student at the University of Nebraska. The wife of former Nebraska Governor and congressman Charles Thone, a famous photo showed her sliding down the banister in the Governor's Mansion soon after she and her husband took up residence there. It was an accurate portrait of her spirited and informal nature. She was a founding member and longtime supporter of the Friends of Loren Eiseley, now The Loren Eiseley Society. She was also one of the founders of The Gathering Place and frequent work-shop leader there.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Washington DC
Arlington, VA

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Aging; Personal Essay; Newspaper Columns


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1953, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Wife of Congressman and Governor Charles Thone
Free- lance Writer
Community Activist

Places Worked

Lincoln Star


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 17 September 1992, 15 January 1998 and 17 January 2002
Nebraska Press Women Communicator of Achievement Award, 2014
Nebraska 150 Books honor for Being Home, 2017


Husband, Charles Thone, was a US Congressman 1970-1978, Governor of Nebraska 1978-82
Nebraskans for Peace
Center for Rural Affairs
Nebraskans Against the Death Penalty
National Organization for Women
Common Cause, national board member
Nebraska Common Cause
Lincoln Junior League, treasurer


Women and Aging: Celebrating Ourselves. 1992.
FAT -- A Fate Worse Than Death? Women, Weight and Appearance 1997.
Being Home. 2003.
Ames Reading series. 2002. (DVD)
Wrote column in Lincoln Star titled Being Home. 1983-1986 or 87.
Wrote introduction to A Nourishing Life. by Katharine Parker Riddle

Ruth Thone was a featured reader in the Ames Reading Series three times:

September 1992:

January 1998:

January 2002:

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