Robert Ruark Society

The society is made up of a group of fans from all across Ruark's native North Carolina, the nation and from around the world. We remember Ruark and we want others to remember him, too.

RUARK ESSAY WINNER AND CHANGE OF ADVISORY BOARD

April 21, 2017

The Ruark essay winner will be announced soon.

On June 1st, James Cheatham will retire as emeritus member of the Robert Ruark Society of Chapel Hill advisory board.

Elaine wood of Raleigh and David Hardy of Carrboro will take care of all matters.

Nic Byron will remain as web master.

 

BEWARE OF RUARK SOLICITORS 

March 28, 2017

On Monday, March 27th, someone called some of the Raleigh Ruark Members soliciting money for Ruark.

Fortunately, one member had his call traced and he was from Raleigh and not a Chapel Hill Student. 

WE ARE NOT NOW SOLICITING  MONEY.....PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS

 

VOLUNTARY CARETAKER OF ROBERT RUARK BURIAL PLOT

July 11, 2016

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Palamos, Spain

Palamos, Spain

Colonel Wiliam L. (Nick) Palmer of Valdese, NC, has, since 2007, made four trips to Palamos, Spain on behalf of the Robert Ruark Society of Chapel Hill. Each time he has taken pictures and talked to the local native in charge of the cemetery area where Ruark’s burial plot is located. If improvements need to be made, Colonel Palmer makes sure they are carried out. He, every couple of years, tours places in Europe on his motorcycle and always makes sure to stop by Palamos, which is on the Mediterranean coast about one hundred miles north of Barcelona, Spain. 

Nick Palmer performing upkeep on Ruark's grave

Nick Palmer performing upkeep on Ruark's grave

Ruark’s former villa was on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean, which was torn down years ago when it was sold by his estate. 

Ruark's Villa

Ruark's Villa

Alan Ritchie was Ruark’s secretary for thirteen years in Palamos while he wrote several of his books and went on African safaris. Ritchie was a retired English Army Sergeant and after Ruark's death on July 1, 1965, he wrote a biography entitled "RUARK REMEMBERED—By The Man Who Knew Him Best."

Alan M. Ritchie

Alan M. Ritchie

In "RUARK REMEMBERED", Alan Ritchie compiled a remarkable record of a remarkable man—a book that is destined to become a classic in its own right.

Jim Cassada, editor of this biography, succeeded in the task of reducing Ritchie’s 800 page manuscript to a manageable size and includes many of Ruark’s best columns and features from Esquire, the Saturday Evening Post, and Field and Stream. It also includes letters from his wife, 'Ginny'.

Ruark's wife, 'Ginny, on the right

Ruark's wife, 'Ginny, on the right

Retired Army Colonel Nick Palmer has been an active member of the Robert Ruark Society of Chapel Hill for over ten years and serves on its board of advisors.