Ruth Rowe was born in Waterville, Maine on June 6, 1914. Her parents were Hope [Chandler] and Harry Rowe. Hope was a housewife and Harry was the dean of Bates College. The family moved to Lewiston when Ruth was very young. She attended Lewiston public schools, graduating from Lewiston High School in 1932. She then went to Bates College, where she was active in the YWCA, debating, and student government. She majored in sociology and economics, and took several biology classes. She graduated from Bates in 1936, the same year as Edmund Muskie. She married Val Wilson, a Bates graduate, and moved across the country while he worked as a college administrator. In 1956, they invited Ed Muskie to speak at Skidmore College where Val was president. She eventually returned to Lewiston and became editor of the Bates Magazine. At the time of the interview, she edited the class notes section of the Bates Magazine, and remains active at Bates.
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Nicoll, Don; Chavira, Rob; and O'Brien, Stuart, "Wilson, Ruth Rowe oral history interview" (1998). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 412.