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Rouls, Janalyce, 1912-2008



  • Existence: July 25, 1912 - June 10, 2008

biographical information

Janalyce Rouls (1912-2008) was born in Kokomo, Indiana to S.D. and Ardella Rouls. She earned a B.S. from Ball State University and an M.S. from Columbia University. Prior to her work for Purdue, Rouls taught high school home economics. During this time, she was the home extension agent for Kosciusko County in Northern Indiana in service to the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association. In 1947, Rouls was appointed the Assistant State Leader of Home Economics, a position she held until 1973 when she retired. At this post, Rouls was influential in further developing Home economics adult education and growing membership, as well as further developing the role of home economics in Purdue’s cooperative extension service. Rouls’ service to Purdue, the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association (IEHA), and countless women was honored in 1971 with creation of the Jane Award, named in her honor. The Jane Award was established to recognize women who contributed to building leadership in others, and was awarded to Rouls in its inaugural year. Rouls was further honored in 1971-1972 by the establishing of a Janalyce Rouls Year, explicitly devoted by the IEHA to increasing membership and honoring service. In addition, Rouls was honored by the USDA for her milestones of 20 and 30 years of service. Upon her retirement in 1973, she was awarded the rank of Professor Emeritus by Purdue University.


Pleasant, Virginia. "Finding Aid to the Janalyce Rouls papers." 2015. MSF 499, Janalyce Rouls papers, Karnes Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries. West Lafayette.

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Janalyce Rouls papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 499
Overview The collection contains correspondence, clippings, publications, etc. documenting the career of Janalyce Rouls, a prominent figure in home economics extension work.
Dates: 1917 - 2007