Former NCC Board Chairman, Reagan Physiciandies

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Byline: Jill Jedlowski Daily Herald Staff Writer

A former North Central College student and board of trustees chairman, who went on to serve as a White House physician, is being remembered this week for his strong ties to his Naperville alma mater.

Dr. Daniel Ruge, 88, died Monday in his sleep at the Denver home he shared with his wife of 63 years, Greta Piper Ruge.

Ruge, a North Central College life trustee and 1939 graduate, took the lead seat on the school's board from 1975 to 1977. Through the years, he maintained connections to North Central and avidly kept up on goings-on there, said his friend, college President Harold Wilde.

"He looked back on this institution as having played a very important role in his life," Wilde said Thursday. "He was always pleased with what we accomplished, but he always wanted us to accomplish even more."

Ruge's daughter, Charlotte Ruge Wiessner of Denver, said her father always had a special affinity for his college and its city. It was, after all, the place where he met his wife.

"Both of my parents have been extremely connected to North Central," Wiessner said. "It's really kind of been a pet philanthropic project for them."

His love for the school spoke to his strong belief in education, too.

First elected to the board in 1961, Ruge was a trusted adviser to three North Central presidents, Wilde said. …