Ruth graduated from the Rochester Business Institute. In 1974 she earned a Certified Professional Secretary (CSP) certification.
She worked in the Eastman Kodak Company Research Laboratories for 34 years as a laboratory secretary for various departments including the chemistry, physics, and research management departments. She retired from Kodak in 1991. In 1993 she joined the department and has worked in the offices of the scientific editors for the Astrophysical Journal, first with Professor John Thomas and presently with Professor Judith Pipher.