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OHS Grad's Passion for Schools to Continue

A true trailblazer for women in engineering, Herman graduated from Oakwood High School in 1947 and was active alumna until her passing on October 4, 2020 at the age of 90. In her long and illustrious career, Herman was awarded the Scientific Research Society of America Research Award, the S.D. Heron Award from the Air Force Aero Propulsion Laboratory, the Patricia Kayes Glass Award for Outstanding Women Scientist and Engineers, and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award for Scientific Achievement from the Department of the Air Force. In 2013, the Oakwood Alumni Association honored her with the Distinguished Alumni Award for her outstanding leadership in the field of engineering and service to her community. She also is listed in Who's Who of American Women, Fifth Edition. More information about Herman is available on the Newcomer website at

 “Oakwood Schools Foundation is profoundly grateful for Ruth’s generous gift that she entrusted to the care of the Foundation. Her loving legacy will be remembered forever in Oakwood Schools,” Chris Conard, Chair of the Oakwood Schools Foundation Board of Trustees, said.

Oakwood Schools Foundation was one of a handful of organizations close to Herman’s heart.  Her passion for Oakwood Schools led her to become an Oakwood Dream Builder, a group of Oakwood Schools’ alumni and friends who have made a legacy commitment to the Foundation through their wills or other planned gifts.

Ruth left her gift “undesignated,” giving the Oakwood Schools Foundation the ability to be flexible and responsive to the emerging needs of the Oakwood Schools’ faculty and students today and into the future. This significant gift will make a substantial and meaningful impact on the Foundation’s core mission, to enhance excellence in education for Oakwood Schools.

”Not only was Ruth a leader in her profession and before her time, she was a leader in the community, among her alumni and in philanthropy. We are grateful to her as she continues to lead us today and into the future through this meaningful gift,” Conard said.

For more information about Legacy Giving and Oakwood Dream Builders, visit the Legacy Giving page