Loret Ruppe, 60, director of Peace Corps

August 07, 1996

Loret Ruppe, 60, the longest-serving director of the Peace Corps in its 35-year history, died yesterday of ovarian cancer at her home in Bethesda.

Appointed director of the Peace Corps by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, she served eight years. She was credited by many with overseeing a revitalization of the international service organization. In 1989, she was appointed ambassador to Norway by President George Bush.

She is survived by her husband, former U.S. Rep. Philip Edward Ruppe, a Michigan Republican; and five daughters.

Pub Date: 8/07/96

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