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Leverton, Ruth M., 1908-1982



  • Existence: 1908-1982


Ruth M. Leverton was born March 23, 1908 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1928 she earned a BS at the University of Nebraska, followed by a MS at the University of Arizona in 1932, and a PhD at the University of Chicago in 1937. From 1937-1954 she was a professor of human nutrition and Director of Research at the Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station, Department of Home Economics.

After leaving the University of Nebraska, Leverton went on to work as Assistant Dean of Home Economics at Oklahoma State in Stillwater, OK from 1955-1957 and to serve as Assistant Director of the USDA's Division of Human Nutrition, Institute of Home Economics beginning in 1957. She became a science advisor for the USDA Agriculture Research Service in 1970 and retired in 1974.

Leverton produced over 200 publications about human nutrition, including both scholarly and consumer magazine articles. She received numerous national awards for her research and became the first woman to address the University of Nebraska Honors Convocation in 1964.

Leverton died September 13, 1982 in Urbana, Illinois.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Ruth M. Leverton, Food and Nutrition Department Papers

 Collection — Other 1-2
Identifier: RG-09-06-11
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of scientific, technical, and popular publications written and collected by Ruth Leverton, biographical information, and a few photographs of Leverton.  The publications relate primarily to nutrition and diet, particularly for women and children.

Dates: 1932-1957 and undated