Given how beloved and celebrated she is in the entertainment industry, it should come as no surprise that many of Ruthie Tompson’s colleagues and admirers voiced their adoration for the late trailblazer. First and foremost was Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board for the Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger, who said, “While we will miss her smile and wonderful sense of humor, her exceptional work, and pioneering spirit will forever be an inspiration to us all,” referring to her as a “legend among animators.”
Filmmaker Leslie Iwerks made an especially heartfelt tribute to the Disney icon, making sure to note that Tompson was one of the few people in the modern era who’d known Walt Disney himself before he and his company took off. She then recalls that “Ruthie and I had great times together; she was fun, wacky, sharp as a whip, talented, and a dear friend to our Iwerks family.” Iwerks then reminisced about their adventurous drive to the grand opening of the Walt Disney Family Museum in 2007, adding that “She will be greatly missed.”
Per Deadline, Ruthie Tompson is survived by her nieces, Judy Weiss and Calista Tonelli, as well as her nephew, Pierce Butler III. At the same time, her remarkable body of work and status as a revolutionary in her field will ensure that Tompson’s memory will live on in popular culture for years to come.