Ruth Doreck

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Ruth Doreck

Frances Ruth Velotta Varady Doreck, known as Ruth Doreck[1] (January 15, 1938 – March 27, 2020),[2] was a leading figure for more than fifty years in the theater community of Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana. She was the fourth person in Caddo Parish to succumb to the coronavirus (COVID-19); all four of the first infected patients also had "pre-existing serious conditions."[3]

A friend, Susan Kirton, described Doreck as "a true steel magnolia. This petite, gentle, kind person was one of the strongest people I’ve ever known. She was a joy to act with and a precious and hysterical person. When she left your company, she would often say, ‘You know, I just love you.’”[3]

Doreck last appeared on stage in January 2020, when she was cast in the Stage Center production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” It is unknown how many productions that Doreck performed during the years.[3]

Lane Crockett, former entertainment editor of The Shreveport Times and the former Shreveport Journal, said that he accompanied Doreck each summer for the Shakespeare Festival in Kilgore, Texas. "Theater was Ruth's go-to-place. I remember seeing her as Agnes Gooch in Auntie Mame not long after I moved here, and she stole the show. …" Edie Cummings, an administrator at Centenary College in Shreveport, said that Doreck "just had a zest for life and was always up to adventure."[3]

She worked as the director of human resources at Aeropres Corporation and was an owner at Doreck Oil Company.[4]

See also

  • Delton Harrison, another figure in the Shreveport arts community who died in 2019


  1. Ruth Doreck. Retrieved on March 30, 2020.
  2. Ruth Doreck. Retrieved on March 30, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Shreveport's Ruth Doreck loses battle with COVID-19. The Shreveport Times (March 29, 2020). Retrieved on March 30, 2020.
  4. Ruth Doreck. Retrieved on March 30, 2020.