Liriodendron tulipifera flower

The University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill Herbarium
A Department of the North Carolina Botanical Garden

 
 


Collectors of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU)

Alice Ruth Scholz Raper
(1911 – 1987)

Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick, June 2018.
Please contact mccormickATunc.edu if you have additional information
 about Ruth Scholz Raper.

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 found.

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
1931
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. 

Ruth Scholz
1932
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 Raper
High Street Cemetery
Benson, Cochise County, Arizona3

PUBLICATIONS:
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 Hill.

 

SOURCES:

1.  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 (contributor 46842343). 

4.  The Alumnae News.  Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, April, 1956.  https://archive.org/stream/alumnaenewsapr1956unse/alumnaenewsapr1956unse_djvu.txt accessed on 24 June 2018. 

 

 


   

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU)
CB# 3280, Coker Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280

email: mccormick@unc.edu  

Last Updated: 24 June 2018