Wife, Mother, Chemist, Ruth Gugeler received a degree in chemistry from Iowa State University in 1952 and worked briefly as a chemist for Dow Coming Corporation. She sacrificed professional life to raise a family. Her dedication to family was strong and two of her three children Janet and John grew to responsible citizens. Her life was saddened by the loss of a teenage son Richard in an accident. She later undertook work in her chosen profession. She became a supporter of programs to enhance the status of women and was an early contributor to the establishment of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics.