Alice "Ruth" Ragsdale (’44), Garland :: She worked for the state health department in Austin and, in 1962, began a 27-year career as a microbiologist at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. She was ahead of her time choosing to be a wife and mother with a full time career. After retiring, she cared for church members with AIDS and volunteered for the North Dallas Shared Ministries’ food pantry. She was 91 when she lost her struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Survivors include daughters Janet McMillen (’76, ’78) and Diane Niedwiecki, who attended in the late 1970s.