Jeanne Smith, now-retired attorney in Corvallis, met her shortly after Dippell arrived in Corvallis. Smith was captivated by Dippell's adventuresome spirit and deep intellect. The two friends have shared many lunches, day trips, laughs, and fun. Smith was honored when Dippell, who has no local family, asked Smith to assist with her care as she ages.

Smith said of her dear friend, "Ruth is the longest residing tenant at her assisted living facility. Although the pandemic has limited her daily walks and joyful interactions with other residents, staff, and the folks at the local Boys and Girls Club, she continues to spread kindness and compassion to all. Age has not affected Ruth's fervor for televised sports and her gratitude for friends and life’s simple pleasures."

Gifted scientist, beloved teacher, and valued mentor. To echo Preer's words in his retirement tribute to Dippell, "Ruth has earned her place in the sun."