|Birth: ||Mar. 30, 1948|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 1, 1966|
Claudia was one of 14 people who were killed by Charles Joseph Whitman in his shooting rampage from the University of Texas Tower that additionally wounded 32 others.
A 1966 graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School, she had been accepted to Texas Christian University for the upcoming Fall Term. She dreamed of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
She was the fiancée of fellow Austin HS graduate, Paul Bolton Sonntag, who was also killed by Whitman. "After Sonntag fell, she moved from the barricade, and knelt beside him. Her friend Carla tried to move her, but Claudia was struck by a bullet in the chest. Claudia Rutt died wearing Sonntag's ring on a chain around her neck."
She was survived by her parents Melvin Rutt and Diane Labowitz Rutt and her sister Mary Anne Rutt.
Plot: Beth Israel 2 Sec 4
Maintained by: Nancy Leshikar Hébert
Originally Created by: Kathy (McPhaul) Cather
Record added: Feb 07, 2009
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