Ruth Barton

RUTH PENDERGRASS BARTON, 78, died November 23, 2012 in Colorado Springs. She was a professor of English at Colorado College for 40 years, teaching courses that ranged from the poetry of W.B. Yeats to children’s literature. Memorial services at Colorado College’s Shove Memorial Chapel will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Professor Barton was born July 7, 1934 in Sweetwater, Texas to Ruby C. and John W. Pendergrass. She was married April 21, 1957, in Fort Worth, Texas to Tom K. Barton who preceded her in death in 1997. She lived in Colorado Springs since 1963. Professor Barton earned her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin. She was a founder, director, and advisor of Cutler Publications and the Writing Center at Colorado College. Her many honors included the Ruth Barton Award established in 1996 to recognize outstanding contributions to student journalism. She received the Gresham Riley Award for service to the College in 1998 and a maple tree was planted on campus in her name in 2003 when she retired. Professor Barton was an active member of the League of Women Voters, serving as the Pikes Peak Region President in 2005-2006 and on the Administrative Team from 2000-2007. She is survived by a son, Tiff E. M. Barton of Colorado Springs; a granddaughter Katherine Belle Miller of Calhan, Colo.; a grandson, Benjamin Gregory Rosing of Fort Collins, Colo.; and four sisters-in-law, Anita Pendergrass of San Antonio, Texas; Mary Barton of Lubbock, Texas; Nell Barton of Arlington, Texas; Inas Barton of Waco, Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Belle B. Rosing, a sister, Marian P. Michael, and two brothers, B. Pat and Lewis Pendergrass. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made in Ruth’s name to the Journalism Program at Colorado College, 14 East Cache la Poudre, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.


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Sam Lopez

December 12, 2012

Dr. Barton was one of the most amazing teachers I have ever come in contact with. She set me on the path of good writing, and teaching writing at the highest level. I so respected and trusted her.

Rest in peace.

Sam Lopez

Noelle Maestas

December 10, 2012

My deepest condolences to Tiff and his family for the loss they suffer over Ruth's passing. I pray for peace and healing of your hearts. Ruth was a wonderful soul and is joyfully joined with Belle and Tom K. again. My childhood memories are blessed to have been a friend and neighbor.

Rich Barton

December 7, 2012

Aunt Ruth was always so dear and kind to her nephews and nieces. We will all miss her, but rejoice in her positive impact on so many people.

December 6, 2012

I graduated from from high school with Ruth in Sweetwater, TX in the class of 195l. I can't remember whether she attended one of the two reunions that I have attended in recent years, but I do remember reading something she had written about her life after high school. Ruth was always at the top of her class. As a former teacher (of first grade students for thirty years) I know the joy that has come to me as I have heard from those kids again as grow-ups and see the people they have become. Ruth certainly left her handprints on a lot of young people! What a legacy she has left for all of you to remember! God bless you all!
Vivian Rogge Proffitt
Odessa, TX I

December 3, 2012

She will be missed and loved. Lisa Phillips-Colorado Springs

Jane Byerley 73

December 1, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Ruth's jou and excitement about Belle when I was at CC, and her enthusiasm for Alice in Wonderland, and her willingness to hear me drone on about Yeats. This is a great loss to your family, and I am so sorry, and it is a loss to all of us who learned from her. What a magnificent teacher.

Pamela Riney-Kehrberg

November 30, 2012

Ruth and TK were wonderful mentors! Ruth encouraged my writing tremendously. She was gracious and kind, but always direct. The bowl she made and gave us as a wedding present is sitting on my desk today. Ruth and TK, you are missed!

Jan Enright

November 30, 2012

So sorry to hear of the passing of this dear, wonderful woman. She made the years I worked at Colorado College so much richer, and her gift of teaching inspired us all.

Rebecca Blair

November 30, 2012

Katie - I'm so sorry for your loss. I still have a very special poem Ruth wrote after your mom and I walked with you kids and her in Shook's Run - very precious memories. We are praying for your comfort.

Janet Stenehjem Meury

November 30, 2012

I was so excited when I saw that the CC Writing Center was to be re-named for Ruth, and for the thousandth time in recent years, I thought of getting in touch with her. I remember her with so much love and gratitude for her patience with me as a student and aspiring poet back in 1966-1970. I have an enduring image of her, when she was coming down with the flu, huddling down over a floor furnace grate and shaking as she read over the new poems I'd begged her to look over. I also babysat for you, Tiff, when you were just a toddler. I'm sure Ruth knew how much her students loved her and felt they owed her, but I would have liked to tell her so one more time. Thank you, Ruth, and bless you, Tiff.