October 18, 2021
Ruthie Tompson (July 22, 1910 - October 10, 2021) was an American animator and artist. He was especially known for his work at The Walt Disney Company. Tompson was born on July 22, 1910 in Portland, Maine, but grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. He then moved with his family to Oakland, California at the age of eight in November 1918. He lived as a child near the Disney family and became acquainted with them. After meeting Walt Disney as a young adult at his job at Dubrock’s Riding Academy, where Disney often played polo, Disney offered him a job as a painter in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The main characters in these films were Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Aku the Duck and Goofy Hopo. Tompson retired in 1975 after working for The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years. In 2000, he was awarded the Disney Legends Award for his work for the Studio.