Roger Alan Ruth
December 23, 1927 – June 5, 2018
Roger was born in the Kansas farmland community or Scott City and lived there until a brief WWII enlistment in the navy.
After that, he attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, where he and classmate Winifred Drake became close friends, were engaged in their junior year, and married in their final year. They were married for more than 60 years. And became proud parents of son Terry and daughter Melanie (Quenneville) and grandparents of Melanie’s daughter Jacquie and Terry’s children Amberdawn and Alex.
Roger’s and Wynn’s first teaching assignments were at a Kansas rural high school, where he taught science and mathematics courses. From there, his public school service evolved through Lawrence, KS, Junior High as a teacher of mentally challenged students, to Alturas, CA as County Director of Guidance and Research, and to Albany, CA as District School Psychologist and Counselor. Completing his doctorate at the University of California, he accompanied Professor Fred Tyler to Victoria in 1966 to the newly-formed Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria.
Besides his teaching in educational psychology and special education, Roger’s activities at UVic included chairmanship of his department, two appointments as acting director of the Child Care Program, and many years on the University Senate.
Other favorite activities during the Victoria years included participation in Ministry of Education curriculum development committees, a range of roles in the Gordon Head Allotment Garden Association, and a dozen years of participation in masters track competitions, where he bettered their world pole vault records eight times. After the vaulting years, his primary recreational interests turned to developing track statistics – especially in the women’s pole vault – and keeping and sharing recipes and jokes.
He will be remembered by many colleagues and students, by family and friends, as always looking for what might be new and worth pursuing. At his request, there will be no funeral service, but friends are invited to a memorial tea to be held at 2 p.m. on Monday June 11, 2018 at First Memorial Funeral Services 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria.
- Memorial Tea Monday, June 11, 2018