Ruth Henrietta Kennedy attended Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1915-1920. She enrolled in fall 1915 as a member of the Class of 1919. She was only enrolled for the fall term of the 1917/1918 academic year and therefore did not complete her degree until June 1920. Kennedy was elected Vice President of the Student Assembly in May 1917, the first woman to be elected to this position at OAC. She was a member of the Alphi Chi Omega sorority.
Kennedy was born in Brownell, California on May 9, 1897 and graduated from high school in Corvallis (Oregon) before enrolling at OAC. She was an instructor in home economics at OAC in the early 1920s. By 1925, she was married to a Corvallis physician, Nicholas Linn Tartar. Ruth Kennedy Tartar died in Corvallis on August 27, 1967.
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