Family of Betty Reid Soskin Seeks Donations for Her Recovery

Betty Reid Soskin at the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond.
Photo credit National Parks Service

After years of service, the nation’s oldest park ranger is turning to the public for support in her time of need. 

Family members for Betty Reid Soskin reported a week ago that she has suffered a stroke, and since then a GoFundMe campaign set up in her name has raised more than $27,000 as of early Tuesday afternoon. 

At 98 years old, Soskin is known for her work at the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond, where she educates the public about Richmond’s history and her own encounters with racism as a young black woman before and after World War II.  

Last year, at the Commonwealth Club, she reflected on the opportunity she’s experienced over her own lifetime. 

“That arc of my life is not a sign of personal achievement, but a solid indication of how much social change has occurred in this country over those integrating years,” she said. “It’s something we all did, all of us. And some of us did it kicking and screaming and some of us are still kicking and screaming.”

Family members say the financial support is needed to pay for an in-home caregiver. 

Recent posts indicate Soskin’s condition is improving. 

To contribute, visit her GoFundMe page.