Ruth Marie Sorenson Biography
Ruth Marie Sorenson is a music and movement educator, she is the wife of the late Arne Sorenson, President and CEO at Marriott International. She has taught at Chevy Chase-Bethesda Community Children’s Center in D.C.
Ruth Marie Sorenson Age
Her age is unknown but her husband was 62 years old at the time of his death (February 15, 2021).
Ruth Marie Sorenson Husband
Marie Sorenson was married to Arne Sorenson for more than three decades until his death on February 15, 2021. The couple met in college at St. Olaf College. The couple had a lot in common as their parents were active Lutheran church leaders and volunteers who deeply engaged their families in faith, learning, and service, and they had attended St. Olaf.
Ruth revealed that days before she started on the Hill she met Arne at Christenson’s Whippy Dip ice cream parlor, her parents cream parlor. “Just days before I started on the Hill, I met Arne at the Whippy Dip my parents owned in Decorah, Iowa and I served him a cone.”
The couple also relied on financial aid to afford college.This led to them establishing a scholarship honoring their Ole parents and doubled its value in this campaign to increase its impact. The unrestricted scholarship gives St. Olaf the flexibility it needs to support any deserving student.
Who is Arne Sorenson
Arne Morris Sorenson was an American hotelier who served as the President and CEO of Marriott International. He was the third CEO in Marriott’s history and the first without the Marriott surname.
The company was founded in 1927 by J. Willard and Alice Marriott as a nine-stool root beer stand, the business grew into the Hot Shoppes restaurant chain, and eventually evolved into Marriott International, a hotel company with about 4,300 properties in 80 countries and territories.
Arne Sorenson Cancer
In May 2019 Arne was diagnosed with stage 2 pancreatic cancer. He said the cancer was early and was optimistic it would be cured as it had not spread. At the time the doctor suggested he undergo chemotherapy, anticipating surgery near year-end 2019.
“The cancer was discovered early. It does not appear to have spread and the medical team – and I – are confident that we can realistically aim for a complete cure. In the meantime, I intend to continue working at the company I love. Let me make one request, look ahead with me. We have great work underway at Marriott. I am as excited by what we can accomplish together as I have ever been.”
Arne Sorenson Death
Arne died on February 15, 2020 at the age of 62. His death was confirmed by J.W. Marriott, Jr., the company’s executive chairman who said in a statement;
“Arne was an exceptional executive – but more than that – he was an exceptional human being. Arne loved every aspect of this business and relished time spent touring our hotels and meeting associates around the world. He had an uncanny ability to anticipate where the hospitality industry was headed and position Marriott for growth. But the roles he relished the most were as husband, father, brother and friend. On behalf of the Board and Marriott’s hundreds of thousands of associates around the world, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Arne’s wife and four children. We share your heartbreak, and we will miss Arne deeply.”.
Ruth Marie Sorenson Children
Ruth and her late husband have four children.