Ruth Colvin Starrett McGuire

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Ruth Colvin Starrett McGuire at work

Ruth Colvin Starrett McGuire (1893–1950) was an American plant pathologist. She studied sugar cane diseases and sugarbeets.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Ruth McGuire was born in 1893. She earned her B.A. in 1914 and her M.A. in 1916, both from Indiana University.[1] After earning her Master's, she worked as a high school teacher for three years. She never earned her Ph.D. but she took classes at numerous other schools including George Washington University, Northwestern University, and the University of Maryland.[2]


McGuire started work at the United States Department of Agriculture. She retired with the title of Associate Cytologist. She did not stop working after retirement. She served as a research associate at the California Academy of Science from 1931 until 1942. While there, she studied the relationships between birds and insects. As also studied researcher, she studied sugarcane, sugarbeets, bees, silkworms, beetles and mosquitoes. McGuire was a member of the Botanical Society of Washington, the Entomological Society of America, and the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists.[2]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ruth Colvin Starrett McGuire (1893-1950)". Smithsonian Institution Archives. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie; Joy Dorothy Harvey (2000). The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science: L-Z. Taylor & Francis. p. 1437. ISBN 978-0-415-92040-7. Retrieved 24 May 2012.