Ruth Elizabeth Burt, class of 1953

Ruth Elizabeth Burt was born on July 2, 1931, a single child raised by her parents and maternal grandfather in Bennington, Vermont. She graduated from Pembroke College in Brown University in 1953 with her A.B. in psychology. In 1957, she married Lincoln Ekstrom, Brown University class of 1953, who was a chemist and environmental scientist. When Ekstrom accepted a job at RCA Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey, Burt took the opportunity to pursue her dream of working for the Education Testing Service where she enjoyed a successful four-decade career conducting research on assessments of human talents and experiential learning. During this time, Burt also earned her master’s and PhD in educational psychology. She dedicated her work and her time on Brown University’s Corporation to advancing women, minorities, and people with disabilities, in education.