Mrs. Ruby Terrill Lomax
Born February 7, 1886 Deceased December 28, 1961
"Born and reared in Denton, Texas, Ruby Terrill received her secondary education in the North Texas Normal College headed by her cousins, M.B. Terrill. She earned an A.B. degree from the John B. Denton College in 1905 and a B.A. from the University of Texas in 1906." Miss Terrill taught Latin for nine years at Dallas High School. She received a Latin fellowship to the University of Texas at Austin for the 1914-1915 school year. In 1918 she was offered a faculty position at East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce teaching Latin and serving as dean of women.
During the years she taught in Dallas, Ruby Terrill spent four summers studying at the University of Chicago and two at Columbia University in New York. By June 1925, she had practically completed her work for a doctorate. From 1925-1937 she served as Dean of Women and Associate Professor of Classical Languages at the University of Texas. In 1934 she married renowned folklorist John Lomax.
Ruby Terrill Lomax was active in many campus, academic, social and community service organizations such as American Association of University of Women, Phi Beta Kappa, Daughters of the American Revolution, YMCA and many others. "With her intellectual acumen, creativity and steadfastness of purpose, it was fortunate that Ruby Terrill (Lomax) could join with the other key persons in founding The Delta Kappa Gamma Society. Dr. Blanton relied heavily upon her advice, and, in the election of the first state national officers, Ruby was made parliamentarian. In this capacity, she helped to guide the Society until 1933, when she became national first vice-president. From 1934 to 1936 she was keeper of the records for the national organization."
She also served on numerous national committees: Constitution (1929-1930), Membership (1933-1937), Initiation (1933-1934) Letters and Publications (1940-1942), Nominations (1941-1942), Awards (1946-1952), and Teacher Welfare and Morale (1954-1956). She represented the Founders on the National Planning Committee from 1946-1950.
"Mrs. Lomax assisted with the expansion of the Society in Texas, installing the Alpha Beta, Alpha Delta and Alpah Omega Chapters. On April 16, 1932, she accompanied Dr. Blanton to Oklahoma City for the founding of Gamma State Organizations."
"On December 28, 1961, Mrs. Ruby Terrill Lomax died at age 75 in the Christian Home for the Aged in Houston, Texas. Services were conducted in the First Baptist Church with burial in the Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas."