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Ruth Walby MAT ’52

April 4, 2023

Born January 21, 1928 to Paul and Gertrude Millard in Floriston, California, Ruth was the youngest of three daughters. After graduating as co-valedictorian from Camas High School, Ruth studied education at the University of Oregon. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and multiple honor societies.

Ruth taught secondary classes at Elgin High School from 1950-51, then enrolled at Reed to earn her master’s. She worked as an engineering assistant at Boeing Aircraft Company, eventually becoming the head of her seven-person test data reducing crew.

Ruth met and married James L. Walby in 1955, and the two had three children: Ann, Kristin, and Nels. Ruth was a proud stay-at-home parent. She enjoyed reading and following the financial world.

After Jim retired, Ruth and Jim enjoyed winters in Scottsdale, Arizona, and summers in Seattle and on Hood Canal. 

Appeared in Reed magazine: Fall 2023

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