Spencer, Ruth Glover 1987
Dr. Ruth G. Spencer, 1934 Oklahoma College for Women graduate, often is introduced as a public servant whose career spanned 37 years. The public library in Rush Springs bears the name of this honoree whose generous gift in memory of her mother, Alma Marie Glover, made possible the Glover-Spencer Memorial Public Library, dedicated in March 1985. Earning her education long before it was fashionable for women to pursue higher education, Dr. Spencer was valedictorian of her Rush Springs High School graduating class. She later earned a bachelor's degree on OCW in 1934, a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1942, and a doctorate degree from Texas Woman's University in Denton in 1960. As an undergraduate and graduate student, she majored in vocational education and psychology. Her Ph.D. was in philosophy, psychology and general education. Dr. Spencer's teaching career included counseling and guidance experience in public schools, junior and senior colleges. Dr. Spencer had 20 years teaching experience in vocational home economics and employment with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Extension Service. She served as head of the Department of Home Economics at Connors State Agriculture College in Warner before her employment in Texas with the Texas Rehabilitation Commission. She was named Counselor of the Year in 1965 at a vocational rehabilitation convention in Houston.