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Austin, Ruth E. (Ruth Erma), 1905-



  • Existence: June 22, 1903 - February 20, 1965

Biographical Information

Ruth Erma Austin was born in 1903 in Wilton Junction, Iowa to Harry and Nettie Austin. She received degrees from both Iowa State College and the University of Iowa. She taught in numerous Iowan public schools from 1925 to 1932. In addition, she served on the faculty of the Nebraska State Normal College from 1933 to 1935, before coming to Purdue in 1936. Austin joined the home economics faculty at Purdue as an instructor in 1938. She was later named an assistant professor of applied design in 1948. She retired from her position as an associate professor of applied design in 1962 due to illness. She passed away in Davenport, Iowa on February 20, 1965.