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Braun, Ruth Davis, 1920-2020



  • Existence: December 2, 1920 - December 9, 2020

Biographical Information

Ruth Davis Braun was born on December 2, 1920 in Fairfield Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana to James P. and Elsie Kull Davis. Born Ruth Davis, she is the oldest of six children, all of whom attended Purdue University as did her father.

She attended Jefferson High School in Lafayette and in 1936, on a trip to Purdue with her Home Economics class, she met Amelia Earhart. She graduated from Jefferson in 1938 and attended Purdue University where she enrolled in Home Economics. Ruth Davis was a founding member of the Shoemaker Cooperative House, originally named Twin Pines. She lived her during her two and a half years at Purdue University. She left for a position as Secretary of Fairfield Manufacturing.

In 1942, Ruth Davis married Harold Braun. They lived in West Lafayette. Ruth left Fairfield Manufacturing to care for their three sons. After her youngest son went to school, she re-entered the workforce.

Ruth Braun worked primarily in Finance after returning to work. She was also an active member of the Tippecanoe County Extension Homemakers, Fairfield County club.

Ruth Davis Braun passed away on December 9, 2020.


MSO 1, Ruth Davis Braun interview. Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies, West Lafayette, IN.


Journal and Courier. (2020, December). Ruth H. Braun. Legacy.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Ruth Davis Braun papers

 Unprocessed — Box: Communal Accessions 38
Identifier: 20191125.1
Dates: 1939 - 1941; 1994