Before Facebook, MySpace, and AOL chat rooms, Ruth Ballentine Harvey tried to help strangers meet strangers.
A 1989 Philadelphia Daily News profile reported that she had been running singles workshops with titles such as "Liking, Loving, and Loneliness."
A 1994 Daily News book review said she had "conducted workshops on 'Great Places to Meet People' for 10 years."
She summed up her years of meeting and greeting with her 1994 book about those places, Connecting in Philadelphia.
On Tuesday, May 31, Mrs. Harvey, 69, a former psychologist for the Philadelphia School District and SEPTA, among others, died of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, at home in Roxborough.