She is the longest-living animation worker of all time and has shaped Disney’s most beloved films.
Ruthie Tompson died “peacefully in her sleep” at her home at the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Sunday according to a statement from The Walt Disney Company.
She began her career at the Walt Disney Studios as a painter in the Ink and Paint Department during the principal brilliant time of Disney movement. She was likewise one of the initial three ladies welcome to join the International Photographers Union, Local 659 of the IATSE, in 1952.
In 2000, Tompson was named a Disney Legend, the renowned honor granted to people in acknowledgment of their phenomenal commitments to The Walt Disney Company.
Tompson continued working for Disney and was promoted to animation checker during WWII, where she dealt with preparing and schooling films, for the U.S Armed Forces, featuring Disney characters like Mickey, Donald Duck and Goofy.
In a social media statement, previous Disney CEO Bob Iger honored the late artist by sharing a photo of them two. “RIP Ruthie Thompson…a true animation legend.”
“Her contributions to Disney—from Snow White to The Rescuers—remain beloved classics to this day,” he composed. “While we will miss her smile & wonderful sense of humor, her exceptional work & pioneering spirit will forever inspire us.”