Department of Theatre

Ruth Miller Donaldson Endowment Fund

Ruth Lorraine (Miller) Donaldson was born and raised in Independence, Iowa, and she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theatre Arts Teaching from the Iowa State Teacher's College in 1942.


As a senior drama student, Ruth played the title role in G.B. Shaw's "Candida." Ruth's college theatre experience also included roles in "It's the Sensible Ones,"  "Family Portrait," "Hamlet," and "Ladies in Retirement." 

Ruth met and married David H. Donaldson while he was serving in the military during WWII. Dr. Donaldson came from a long line of doctors, and the couple settled in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where David practiced medicine and served as chief of staff at a major hospital. Mrs. Miller Donaldson maintained her interest in the arts, especially music and theatre, throughout her life.

Ruth passed away in 2000 and Dr. Donaldson in 2010.  Prior to their deaths, the couple established the Ruth Miller Donaldson Endowment Fund to provide scholarships for students who are from Iowa and who are in the music and/or theatre programs at the University of Northern Iowa.