Selfless former teacher named to Hall of Fame ANNE ARUNDEL SENIORS

December 02, 1992|By Amy P. Ingram | Amy P. Ingram,Contributing Writer

Ruby Myers of Annapolis never thought her modest beginnings as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse 61 years ago would lead to greatness.

The 84-year-old Mrs. Myers was inducted into Maryland's Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on Oct. 20. She had been nominated by several of her fellow volunteers in the Anne Arundel County Retired Teachers Association.

The Hall of Fame, in the words of Gov. William Donald Schaefer, recognizes seniors "who play active and valuable roles in communities throughout the state, and are deserving of our high praise and deep appreciation."

"It's such a great honor," Mrs. Myers said. "I never thought I'd ever get anything like this. It's nice to know I'm recognized."

She began teaching in 1931, Mrs. Myers said, because "at that time, women were either teachers or nurses." Throughout her career, she served as a teacher, supervisor and principal at several different elementary and secondary schools in the county.

"You need patience, a love for children and willingness to work very hard," Mrs. Myers explained. "That's what it takes to be a good teacher."

As a principal, Mrs. Myers encouraged her children to work hard in pursuit of their dreams -- the same adviceher childhood principal dispensed.

Upon retiring in 1971, shebegan using her free time to help the community, immediately joining the Retired Teachers Association.

"I realized that I was just plain lost without some sort of challenge before me," she said. "And there are so many needs in the community I could help with."

She served more than 500 hours with the association as a nursing home visitor, a member of the pre-retirement committee, a leader to reactivate the Retired Teachers Nursing Home Visitor Team, and an organizer for the first Education and Protection Service Committee in Anne Arundel County.

Mrs. Myers calls the Education and Protective Services Committee her "main thrust."

The committee is designed to investigate, research and educate concerned seniors on such problems as nursing home costs, Medicare and retirement plans.

"It's really good help for seniors," she said. Mrs. Myers acknowledges that one of her most rewarding moments came when, after considerable prodding by her committee, the General Assembly passed legislation to establish a committee to investigate the high cost of nursing care.

"In all my years visiting nursing homes, I had discovered problems so acute that something had to be done about it," she said.

Although Mrs. Myers has cut down on her volunteer work, she said she'll continue to help out as much as she can.

"I did what I've done as long as I was able, simply because I love helping people," she said.

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