Ruth E. Muck, who taught in a one-room schoolhouse and retired as a Buffalo State College professor, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 95.
Dr. Muck, who earned a doctoral degree in education from the University at Buffalo in 1966, taught elementary education at Buffalo State, retiring in 1976.
Born Ruth Slacer in Buffalo, she was a teacher during the 1930s in the old Pomeroy School, a red-brick, one-room schoolhouse in the Town of Lockport.
She lived in a house across the street from the school and taught at the school from 1931 to 1942. She taught all eight grades in the one room. She played the piano and staged concerts and plays. Her students performed in front of their families.
"The piano was an important piece of equipment," Dr. Muck recalled during a 2003 interview with The Buffalo News about the schoolhouse.
Former pupils praised her as "a marvelous teacher and a most talented woman" who was "ahead of her time and introduced us to things we hadn't even dreamed of."
Later in life, Dr. Muck led guided tours of the renovated schoolhouse.
A Grand Island resident for more than 50 years, she was an active member at Trinity United Methodist Church and founded a children's clothing exchange at the church.
She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honor society of women educators.
Dr. Muck is survived by her husband of 77 years, Gordon, and a daughter, Linda McGuire of Grand Island.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Burial will be in the church cemetery.