Ruth Hoeflin was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa on Jan. 4, 1918. She graduated from Iowa State College with a Bachelor's degree in Child Development in 1940, attended the University of Michigan in 1941 and became an instructor at the Merrill-Palmer Institute in Detroit, MI. Her Ph.D. in Parent Education was received from the University of Michigan in 1945. She was an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University, 1945-1948, and taught Child Development at Ohio State University, 1948-1957, before joining the faculty at Kansas State University as head of the department of Family and Child Development in 1957. In 1960, she became Associate Dean of Home Economics. Hoeflin was Acting Dean of Home Economics in 1974, becoming the official Dean in 1975. While Dean, she developed the Advanced Degree Project, which identifies undergraduates with promise for graduate studies, was a key force in the establishment of the Stone House Child Care Center on campus, and for five years directed a federally funded program for professional development of graduate women. She retired as Dean in 1983, but continued to remain an active part of the campus community by joining the faculty in the Department of Family and Child Development and later serving as the director of FENIX, the adult student program. Ruth Hoeflin died Aug. 30, 2000.
Sources of information:
Vertical File. Hoeflin, Ruth
Photograph Collection-People. Hoeflin, Ruth
K-Stater, May 1983, pg. 2-6
Ruth Hoeflin transferred the Human Ecology Historical Records to the University Archives in 1989. The records document the history of the college from its creation, information about some of the early leaders in the field, and the growth of the different departments within the college.
19 Boxes. Acc. No. U 89.16
An additional box of historical information arrived from Human Ecology in 1981 and focuses primarily upon the dedication of Justin Hall and the college's Centennial celebration. The printed material in the collection includes Human Ecology News, 1924-1931, and the Kansas Home Economics Association Newsletter, 1981-1989.
1 document box. Acc. No. U 91.20