In Loving Memory of Joe P. Ruthven

Friends of the Center,

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Joe P. Ruthven, a longtime supporter and great friend of the Center. Joe P. was an asset, patron, and leader in the Lakeland community.

The Ruthven Family has been involved with the Center for many years, with Joe P. starting the family tradition by agreeing to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. He had continued to support the Board in an advisory capacity, providing advice and support for the Center, both directly and through United Way. He was always available to answer questions and steer us in the right direction. His numerous contributions made to the Center purchased needed equipment and services for many of our patients.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Joe P. and the Ruthven family for all the support that they have given the Center since it started many years ago. We hope they know how much their friendship and caring has meant to the Board, the staff and to the patients we serve. His legacy will live on and his support will be remembered in years to come, as the Center helps more people communicate better.

To read Joe P.’s obituary, visit