Ruth Lindeck Forman brings a broad spectrum of life experiences. She grew up in the Midwest with her immigrant parents who were wealthy, recognized, and respected in Germany. In 1938, they fled Nazi Germany and immigrated to Manhattan, New York. There, they were surrounded by the comfort and support of her father’s siblings and financial aid from extended family. Two years later, Ruth was born. The following year, her family moved to the Midwest, where she spent her early childhood in a blue-collar neighborhood. In her early teens, her family moved to nearby upscale Bexley, Ohio, noted for their outstanding Bexley City School District system. In 1962, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a Certificate of Speech and Hearing Therapy from The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus.
Ruth has been active in the field of speech and communication for more than fifty years. Upon graduation, she joined the OSU Speech and Hearing Clinic as a speech therapist. When she moved to Southern California, she joined Community Speech and Hearing Center. There, she serviced individuals in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and home settings who were recovering from strokes and head traumas. In 1979, she received a Master of Arts Degree in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). In 1985, she founded and directed Communication Enhancement, specializing in personal and intercultural communication. She consulted with people from more than thirty-five cultures and all walks of life. She teaches, lectures, writes, and has worked with individuals, couples, parents, teachers, students, staff, workers, physicians, nurses, medical administrators, business men and women. Ruth was sought by Health Maintenance Organizations, Fortune 500 companies, insurance companies, law and accounting firms, professional organizations, medical malpractice insurance carriers, and those at the highest university level. She presented at annual national conventions including the American Speech and Hearing Association and the Society for Human Resources Management. She has written a multitude of articles that were published on local, national, and international levels, and has been interviewed by newspapers in the United States. She has appeared on television in the United States and on radio and television in Nevis, West Indies.
In 1996, Ruth founded Communication Enhancement Press that published her previous works. Most noteworthy was the book Communication Is Connection. Finally, the twenty-five-year, labor-of-love culmination of Soul to Soul Connection and Communication will be published by Page Publishing in Hard Cover, Perfect Bound, and Digital formats. These will be distributed through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Apple in early summer 2022. Later, AUDIOBOOK NETWORK’s audio version will be distributed through Amazon, Google Play, Apple, and iTunes.
Three decades later in her 80s, Ruth remains active at CSUN. She serves on the College of Health and Humanities Dean’s Circle Advisory Board, is a member of the President’s Associates, and the Heritage Society. She also supports the College of Health and Human Development, the Michael D. Eisner College of Education, the University Library, The Soraya Valley Performing Arts Center, and the Oasis and Food Pantry at the University Student Union. In summer 2021, Ruth’s works and book Soul to Soul Connection and Communication were noted in the CSUN Magazine, FORGING AHEAD for which she was later named an “Ambassador for CSUN.” Her works, career, and some contributors to the Bexley Education Foundation Legacy Society also were noted in the BEXLEY HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI MAGAZINE | 2021. She also supports numerous organizations that promote equality and justice, environmental issues, and national and international organizations that support medical centers, which service the most critical medical and trauma challenges in response to natural disasters, war, and underserved individuals.
All of Ruth’s work combines spirituality, connection, communication, and diversity. She declares that each person has the sole right to define who they are, and suggests that it is best if that definition is first guided by what is in the person’s heart and soul as a member of the human race. She encourages each person to live their dream. In this ideal, she also affirms that each person has the right to live their dreams. Ruth is dedicated to helping people help themselves to gain a greater sense of worthiness, comfort, confidence, community, purpose, joy, self-actualization, fulfillment, and serenity. She inspires an appreciation, understanding, respect, and trust among all people, especially those of differing socioeconomic and/or cultural backgrounds, and groups. She passionately continues to advocate for equality and justice and advance comfort in hopes that more people are willing to reach out to each other, which brings people together for that connection.
Ruth and her husband Lee have enjoyed decades of unusual, extensive travel in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. Thirty years ago, they were comped to a hotel on a tiny, remote, exotic island called Nevis, West Indies, in the Caribbean. Although Ruth had complex medical issues and Nevis had a small, basic hospital, in 1999, they built a home in a local village. Prior to the pandemic, they mostly divided their time between California and Nevis where they lived fully immersed in local life. Sorely missing Nevis and as octogenarians, they hope to visit Nevis one more time.
She enjoys nature, gardening, swimming, walking, music, photography, writing, and being amidst children’s innocence, honesty, and frolic. She is blessed by her three adult children, her three adult children-by-marriage, and her six grandchildren, who each add to the icing on the cake. She is most blessed that her entire family gets along, enjoys, and supports each other. In Nevis, Ruth and Lee feel honored to be named “one of us.” Many of their island grands who called them Nana Ruth and Papa Lee are now adults with their own families. All dear friends remain in close touch, and a few visit them in California.
Renown Rabbi Stan Levy and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, and 101-year-old Blind Eileen of Zion Village in Nevis, may she rest in peace, eternally enrich her life. As an octogenarian in the most profound gratitude to the Universe, Ruth feels blessed, humbled, and grateful that she had the strength and clarity to persevere and reach this milestone completion of Soul to Soul Connection and Communication journey. She didn’t realize until a decade ago that this was her destiny.