Ruth Frances Smith Riese
Mrs. Alfred F. Riese (Ruth F. Smith) died July 30, 1972, in Saginaw, Mich. She was born in Romeo, Mich., Nov. 15, 1890, [graduated from OHS in 1910,] and attended the Conservatory and the College (class of 1914) After graduating from Boston University (Sargent School of Physical Education), she taught physical education in Saginaw for eight years and established the interscholastic girls’ basketball program at Saginaw High School.
After her marriage in 1918, her husband taught her to play tennis and she was known as the queen of Michigan tennis in the 1920’s and 1930’s. She won the Michigan State Closed Tournament 12 times, the Michigan State Open Tournament four times and the Saginaw Valley title 18 successive times between 1919 and 1936. She won her last tournament in 1947.
Mrs. Riese was Michigan women’s champion, won the Western open championship twice and was once runnerup in the Canadian championship. She first won the Michigan women’s singles title in 1923 and returned in 1933 to win it for the sixth time.