Ruth Cartwright.

Ruth Cartwright was a Human female James Kirk had a deep relationship with during his Starfleet Academy years.

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Kirk met her in 2252. (ST website:

Kirk and Ruth often socialized together with Kirk's Academy instructor Benjamin Finney and his wife Naomi Finney on Earth. The night the Finneys announced Naomi's pregnancy with Jamie Finney was the night Kirk and Ruth broke up. (TOS novel: The Autobiography of James T. Kirk)

In 2267, the USS Enterprise visited the Amusement Park planet and discovered the planet had the technology to bring fantasies to life. Because of this ability, Ruth was brought to life for Kirk. (TOS episode & Star Trek 12 novelization: Shore Leave)

In 2270, as Spock sought to determine, via mind meld, if Kirk's body was really inhabited by Shaun Christopher's mind, Spock searched for memories of Ruth. (TOS novel: The Rings of Time)

Ruth's last name was cited in TOS - Strange New Worlds short story: "Empty".




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