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GARDNER, Ruth H. (Dubuque, IA, Nov. 19, 1931--Dubuque, IA, Aug. 20, 2011). The daughter of Frank W. and Sophie K. (Neubauer) Reihle, Ruth graduated from ACADEMY OF THE VISITATION (THE) in 1949 and worked briefly for the DUBUQUE THRIFT PLAN. She moved to Minneapolis to attend the Gale Institute to become a radio communications operator.

Upon graduation, she was employed by Capitol Airlines which became United Airlines at Washington National Airport and Cleveland Hopkins Airport. She returned to Dubuque in 1954 and for five years shared life with the SISTERS OF THE VISITATION OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY (SVM).

In 1961 Ruth graduated from CLARKE COLLEGE and remained there working in the Office of Admissions. She moved to Iowa City in 1967 to become the Director of Foreign Graduate Admissions at the University of Iowa. She also evaluated foreign academic transcripts of those seeking to be licensed teachers in Iowa. In 1977 she moved with her husband to Stuart, Florida to work as the secretary to the manager of industrial engineering of Northrop-Grumman Corporation.