Claudia Marilyn Rutt

Claudia Marilyn Rutt

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 1 Aug 1966 (aged 18)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Plot Beth Israel 2 Sec 4
Memorial ID 33618866 · View Source
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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.


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  • Maintained by: Nancy Leshikar Hébert
  • Originally Created by: Kathy McPhaul
  • Added: 7 Feb 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 33618866
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Claudia Marilyn Rutt (30 Mar 1948–1 Aug 1966), Find a Grave Memorial no. 33618866, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Nancy Leshikar Hébert (contributor 47194409) .