Ruby Scoggins, mother of NIU professor emerita and former Women's Studies director Lois Self

Ruby Alice Gunter Scoggins (1909-2002) was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, on February 24, 1909, and died in Durham, North Carolina, on March 15, 2002. She was the beloved mother of Dr. Lois Scoggins Self, who directed NIU's Women's Studies Program from 1986 to 1995, and of Shirley Scoggins Crouse, Donald C. Scoggins, and George R. Scoggins. Ms. Scoggins entered professional nurse's training as a young woman but was forced to abandon her studies to take care of siblings and an ailing mother. Many years later, at the age of forty-seven and herself then the mother of four, she sought to complete her training but was denied admission to a professional nursing program because of her age. Nonetheless, undaunted in pursuit of her goals, she completed a practical nursing program and had a successful career of nearly fifteen years on a surgical ward at Watts Hospital in Durham, NC, before retiring. She mentored many young nurses and earned their respect as well as that of physicians and patients. Ms. Scoggins' youngest child, Dr. Lois Self, credits much of her own inspiration and desire for a career serving others to the lessons of determination and the support she received from her greatest role model, her mother. (Lois Self)