Ruth Hall McDonald

Honored by:Carol and Emily McDonald
Brick location:B:19  map

Ruth Hall McDonald received a B.S. in Home Economics Education from ISU in 1957. While at ISU, one of her greatest joys was singing with the Iowa State Singers. Hearing her sing "Green Hills" always brings tears to my eyes because her love for ISU is so evident through her voice. After graduation, Ruth married Keith McDonald and they raised two children. They now have 4 granddaughters and 2 great-grandsons. Ruth enjoys every opportunity to spend time with them. Ruth taught home economics and science for several years. She retired from the National Veterinary Science Laboratory as a Biological Lab Technician. She and Keith have farmed since 1960 and Ruth participated in all aspects of farming from field work to feeding cattle, sheep and hogs.

Ruth has always been active in her church, serving on committees, leading singing in worship, directing the choir and as church pianist. Vocal music continues to be her love and she enjoys solo and choir work at every opportunity. Her voice is beautiful! Ruth's life is an example for many. She is a wonderful blend of womanhood; intelligent, independent and feminine with a love for God and people. She has shown me the importance of friendship, commitment and partnership in a successful marriage. Her love for Keith has never ebbed, only growing stronger through the years.

She has taught me every individual has strengths regardless of gender. Ruth believes in the abilities of all persons to achieve their goals; through education, hard work, and with God's help. I grew up believing the same. For these reasons it is appropriate that Ruth Hall McDonald be honored in Carrie Chapman Catt Hall. Her life is a testimony of a strong faith in God, a caring parent, a loving wife, a trusted friend, and an intelligent beautiful woman with wonderful talents and abilities. She is a fantastic grandma to my daughter Emily. She is my best friend. I love her deeply and I am proud to call her Mom.
Carol McDonald Tripp, 1983 Farm Op/Ag Ed

Ruth Hall McDonald is her name And I'll tell you why she should be in the Hall of Fame. For one thing she knows how to cook And she's always reading a book. I've known her all of my twelve years And she's always been so kind to my peers. She's always nice Even if you have lice And when we go to town She doesn't make me shake hands with the clown. But most importantly the things she's taught me from God All the way down to Winkin' Blinkin' and Nod. And so now I want to say "Grandma I love you so From my head to my toe!"
By Emily McDonald, at time of original brick dedication

Submitted 3/3/94; updated 11/23/2013