In Memory: Maria Ruiz

The professor emerita was a trailblazer in the College’s Department of Psychology.

Maria Ruiz, professor emerita of psychology and the first woman in Rollins’ psychology department, died August 15 after a long illness from cancer. She was 67.

Ruiz joined Rollins in 1980 and taught in the Department of Psychology for more than 35 years before retiring this spring. In addition to being the first woman in the psychology department, she was also its first behaviorist and she was instrumental in launching the new master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science at Rollins’ Hamilton Holt School.

Read more about Ruiz’s career and legacy in "Maria’s Table," a profile of her from the Summer 2016 issue of Rollins Magazine.

A funeral mass will be conducted on Saturday, August 26, at noon in the Knowles Memorial Chapel.