Alfred B. Ruff



Alfred B. Ruff of the Tradition Community in Pawleys Island, died November 5 at National Health Care in Murrells Inlet with his wife and son by his side.

He was born April 12, 1934 at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Al recognized that he was fortunate to have a loving family and all of the benefits that come from growing up in a great city filled with history and opportunity. He described himself as a product of Philadelphia, having graduated from Germantown High School, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from LaSalle University and working on his M.B. A. at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1952-1957 in the Security Services with Top Secret and Cryptographic Clearance, based primarily in England, Scotland and Germany after completing 22 months of technical schools in Mississippi, Texas and California.

After 2 years as a teacher in the Radnor School District in Pennsylvania, Al moved to the position of Human Resource Administrator at Wyeth Laboratories. He later became the first Director of Human Resources for the Headquarters for Research, Administration, Marketing and Sales of Wyeth Laboratories in St. Davids Pennsylvania.

Before retiring to Pawleys Island, SC in 1996, Al and his family moved to Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where he was employed as Corporate Director of Human Resources for Total, a major French company in Paris, France. Al later became Vice President of Human Resources for Morgan Corporation.

During his retirement, he was known as the “Idea Man”, starting the Men’s Nine Hole Golf Group, New Year’s Eve parties at the beach house, boat trips on the Waccamaw River and Winyah Bay, Christmas caroling for the sick, playing Santa for the Festival of Trees and also was known as “Big Al” even though he was only 5’7”.

For the past 2 ½ years, Al resided at National Health Care in Murrells Inlet where his funny wit and kindness to all permeated anyone who came in contact with him.

Al is predeceased by his son, Bradley Thomas who passed away at the age of six and his mother, Mary and father, Alfred H. Ruff.

His wife, Betty, of 56 years, currently lives in the Tradition community in Pawleys Island. He is also survived by his sons, Bart Ruff and wife Tricia of Harleysville, Pennsylvania, Bryan Ruff and wife Anita of Tampa, Florida, three Grandsons, Clayton, Cameron, and Aaron, sister, Marlene of Cornelius, North Carolina and sister Lois in Woodstock, Illinois, sister-in law Brenda and brother-in law, Dennis of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 10 at Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, or the Alzheimer’s Association,

To view these arrangements online, visit,