E. Ruth Anderson

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Elsie Ruth Anderson (23 June 1907, Newport, Rhode Island – 24 November 1989, Boston, Massachusetts) was an American musicologist, meteorologist, and editor. Anderson attended the New England Conservatory of Music from 1924 to 1931, again in 1934, and again from 1940 to 1941. On June, 23, 1931, Anderson received a Diploma in Orchestra with a concentration in Violin from the New England Conservatory of Music.[1]

During World War II, Anderson enlisted in the WAVES and trained at the Navy Aerographers School at Lakehurst Maxfield Field, New Jersey. She was assigned first to a Naval Air Station in Indiana and then to the Naval Intelligence Unit in Washington, D.C.. After World War II, Anderson continued with that unit, and worked in the United Kingdom. In 1952, Anderson began working for the American Meteorological Society in Boston. For 20 years, she served as News Editor of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. She also wrote a history of the building that houses the AMS – the Harrison Gray Otis House at 45 Beacon Street. While working for the AMS, she compiled and wrote the Contemporary American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary, published in 1977, with a follow-up edition in 1982.[2][3]

Published works[edit]

1st ed. (1976) (513 pages, 4to);[5] OCLC 2035024
2nd ed. (1982); OCLC 239743664[6]


  1. ^ "Commencement Exercises – Candidates for the Diploma" (program notes), New England Conservatory of Music, June 23, 1931
  2. ^ "Women and Minorities in History:
    (i) Women in Meteorology Before World War II
    (ii) World War II and the Broadening of Opportunities
    (iii) Women and Minorities in Meteorology since 1950"
    By Sim David Aberson, PhD (born 1964) (Meteorologist, Hurricane Research Division, NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, Miami) (Aberson, POD1, POD2, POD3; i.e., Laboratory Review Poster, "P," from AOML's Office of the Director, "OD," February 2000)
    Re-posted online by Passport to Knowledge (P2K) (website)
    (retrieved April 16, 2011, via passporttoknowledge.com)
    Website attributed to:
    Geoffrey Haines-Stiles (born 1948) (co-founder)
    Erna A. Akuginow (born 1949), wife of GH-S
    Brian D. Igelman (born 1957)
    Eileen Bendixsen (née Morphy; born 1951)
  3. ^ Dawsons in the Revolutionary War (and Their Descendants) (Vol. 1 of 2), compiled by Carol Ruth Dawson (née Anderson; 1915–1996), Eau Claire, Wisconsin: Graphic Printing Co. (1974, 1983; ©1975); OCLC 608612485
  4. ^ The Money Manias: The Eras of Great Speculation in America, 1770–1970, by Robert Sobel, Weybright and Talley (1973); OCLC 802889
  5. ^ "Quarterly Book-List," prepared by Carolyn Bryant, The Musical Quarterly (Oxford University Press), Vol. 63, No. 2, April 1977, pg. 290
  6. ^ Amazon. "E. Ruth Anderson". Retrieved 16 April 2011.