compiled by Carol Ann McCormick, June 2018.
Please contact mccormickATunc.edu if you have additional information
about Ruth Scholz
The University of North Carolina Herbarium has
catalogued 54 vascular plant specimens collected by Alice Ruth Scholz Raper, who went by
“Ruth” and used her maiden name “Ruth Scholz” on
labels for all specimens at NCU. As cataloguing of our collections continues,
perhaps more specimens collected by Scholz will be
Several specimens collected by Ruth Scholz have been found in the herbarium of the North
Carolina College for Women which was transferred to
NCU in 2018, but this collection is still being accessioned into NCU. No other herbarium is known to curate
specimens collected by Ruth Scholz.
Stylosanthes biflora specimen
collected by Ruth Scholz in 1933 from Macon, Warren
County, North Carolina
Specimen curated by NCU
The dark residue on this specimen was left by cellophane tape which was used
in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
The cellophane tape has dried, lost its adhesive properties, and has fallen
off. It is replaced by sewing
the specimen with 100% cotton thread.
Ann Ruth Scholz was
born in 1911 to Ella Reeks and Herbert Scholz in Macon,
Warren County, North Carolina.
(“Reeks’ farm, near Macon,” a favorite collecting location of Ms. Scholz, was probably the farm of her maternal
grandparents.) The 1920 census lists
Herbert Scholz, profession “farmer,” as having
arrived in the United States from England in 1874, and living with his wife,
Ella, and their children, Hellen (age 20), Herbert (age 18), Elizabeth (age
17), Jessie Lee (age 11) and Alice Ruth (age 8) on Oakville Street (now State
Road 1309) in Macon.1
Ann Ruth Scholz
photograph courtesy of North
Carolina College for Women
Ruth Scholz graduated
in 1932 from the North Carolina College for Women, now known as the
University of North Carolina at Greensboro with an A. B. in Biology. (Her mother, Ella Reeks Scholz
was an 1896 alumna of that institution.4)
Ruth Scholz studied
Botany at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under Dr. William
Chambers Coker and Dr. Henry Roland
Totten. Her M.A. thesis, “Studies in the Luguminosae of North Carolina: Part 1.
Some diverse forms and peculiarities found in certain species of the
family Leguinosae; Part II. The structure and development of the seed
of Strophostyles umbellata (Muhl.) Britton,” was completed in 1934.
Photograph courtesy of
North Carolina College for Women
On December 19, 1936 she married UNC-Chapel Hill
classmate John R. Raper (1911-1974) in Richmond, Virginia. They had one son, William. Their marriage lasted until 1948.2
Ruth Scholz Raper died in 1987 and is buried in
High Street Cemetery in Benson, Cochise County, Arizona.3
Grave of Ruth Scholz
High Street Cemetery
Benson, Cochise County, Arizona3
Scholz, Ruth. 1932.
Micro-chemical studies of the changes during vernal activity in Ginkgo biloba. Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific
Society 48: 133-137.
Scholz, Ruth. 1934.
Studies in the Luguminosae of North
Carolina: Part 1. Some diverse forms and peculiarities found
in certain species of the family Leguinosae; Part
II. The structure and development of
the seed of Strophostyles umbellata (Muhl.) Britton.
M.A. Thesis, Botany Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel
Year: 1920; Census Place: Macon, Warren, North Carolina;
Roll:T625_1326; Page: 1B; Enumeration
District: 96. Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census
[database on-line]. Provo, UT,
US: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.,
2010. Accessed 24 June 2018.
2. Raper, Kenneth B. (1987) John Robert Raper (1911-1974). Biographical
Memoir. National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. http://www.nasonline.org/publications/biographical-memoirs/memoir-pdfs/raper-john.pdf .
Accessed 24 June 1018.
3. Find A
Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 24 June 2018), memorial page for
Ruth Scholz Raper
(1911-1987). Find A Grave Memorial no. 63102070, citing High Street Cemetery,
Benson, Cochise County, Arizona, USA; Maintained by Diane & John
Alumnae News. Woman’s College of the
University of North Carolina, April, 1956.
accessed on 24 June 2018.