Eva Simons Rickles (b. 1927)

Eva Simons Rickles was born on November 13, 1927 in Berlin, Germany to Dolf and Marie Elizabeth Simons. Her mother was an economist for the German government after the First World War and her father was a dermatologist in private practice. The family escaped from Berlin as the Nazis were becoming more and more powerful. They settled in Seattle in 1937. She went to Reed College, the University of Washington, and the New York School of Social Work. Eva studied psychology and social work and worked briefly before she married Norm Rickles in 1950. Together they had two daughters, Tamara Luria and Annette Rickles. The family spent two of Norm’s sabbaticals living in Israel, including during the Six-Day War in 1967.

Norm Rickles, who was an oral pathologist and headed the department of oral pathology at the University of Oregon. Eva was actively involved in the League of Women Voters, Friends of the Library, and Hadassah. She also was a docent at the Portland Art Museum, where her specialty was Northwest Indian Art, and she helped start the Native American Arts Council. She has spoken out publicly on Native American rights.