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Siems, Ruth



  • Existence: February 20, 1931 - November 13, 2005

Biographical Information

Ruth Miriam Siems was a Purdue alumna (Home Economics, 1953) and inventor of Stove Top Stuffing.

Siems was born on February 20, 1931 in Evansville, Indiana. She attended Purdue University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in home economics, 1953. While at Purdue, she worked under faculty member, Gertrude Sunderlin, who oversaw the creation of the Master Mix.

After earning her degree, Siems worked for General Mills where she invented Stove Top Stuffing. Siems retired in 1985, after more than thirty years.

Siems died on November 13, 2005.


Fox, M. (2005, November 23). Ruth M. Siems, Inventor of Stuffing, dies at 74. New York Times. Retrieved from:

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Gertrude Sunderlin papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 493
Abstract The collection includes various work from and relating to Sunderlin’s food and nutrition students, including theses based upon experimental work, recipes, clippings of published recipes, and correspondence relating to publication.  Also included are reprints of Sunderlin’s work and clippings about her.
Dates: 1939 - 1954; Other: Date acquired: 01/05/1987