Ruth Lilian Wade Cerjanec was born in Central Falls, RI on April 22, 1913 to John T. and Susanna McDowell Wade. She graduated from Brown Phi Beta Kappa and earned a Master's degree in Library Science from Simmons College. During World War II, she was head librarian at the U.S. Naval Air Facilities under the Quonset Command. An extremely active alumna, she was granted the Brown Bear award in 1980. Ruth was the wife of Earl F. Cerjanec '43 and mother of Nicholas Wade Cerjanec '71 and Derek McDowell Cerjanec '73. She died November 3, 1989.