Walter Ruehlig, T-16 Volunteer
Contra Costa Times
honors its humanitarians
Supervisors on Tuesday named Antioch resident Walter Ruehlig the county's
2004 humanitarian of the year.
Ruehlig is a special education counselor at Pittsburg's Adult Education
Center. He first demonstrated his commitment to public service 35 years ago,
teaching in an isolated Turkish village with the Peace Corps.
He has helped build homes in Pittsburg with Habitat for Humanity and in
Tijuana with the Mexican Corazon Group. He has hosted students at his home
from three continents and served as a foster parent to five children.
"He truly believes we are our brother's keeper," said Supervisor Millie
Greenberg of Danville, who presented the award.
Ruehlig, who serves on the county Human Relations Commission, organized
Antioch's "Season for Non-Violence" peace march in 2001.
Supervisors also awarded the 2004 student humanitarian of the year award to
Jullie Z. Lal, a senior at Antioch's Deer Valley High School. Lal and her
friends formed a club, Helping Hands, which held a food drive for a Martinez
-- Peter Felsenfeld