In Memory of Ruth Teague, Gardner Fellow 1994-1995

Ruth Teague

The John Gardner Fellowship Association has learned that Ruth Teague, a member of the 1994-1995 class of Gardner Fellows, passed away from cancer in December of 2012. I met her once, when she came to my home along with a few other Los Angeles-area Fellows for a reunion. I remember learning from her how important home ownership was for everyone. There is a tribute to her on the website of the Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing, at the following link:

Be well. I know that you are busy working for the good of so many, and caring for your family and friends, just like she did.

--- David L. Moguel, President of JGFA
December 2013



The University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University jointly established the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship Program in 1985 to encourage new Stanford and UC Berkeley graduates to invest their talent, energy, and training in public service. Each spring, six graduating seniors (three from Berkeley and three from Stanford), are selected as John Gardner Public Service Fellows.  Fellows are awarded $27,500 for a ten-month assignment with a senior figure in a government or nonprofit agency.  In 2003, fellowship alumni established the John Gardner Fellowship Association.



The mission of the John Gardner Fellowship Association (JGFA) is to:


- Promote the values and ideals exemplified by John Gardner.

- Bring together members for the purpose of renewal and


- Encourage and support the ongoing involvement of its

  members in public service.

- Ensure the Fellowship program has adequate resources for


- Engage the universities and members to fulfill the goals of the 




  • “We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure all your life.”

    - John W. Gardner