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Hamilton Mourns Philosophy Professor Elizabeth Ring


Professor Elizabeth Ring
Professor Elizabeth Ring

Dean of Faculty Suzanne Keen announced the passing of longtime faculty member Elizabeth Ring in an email to the Hamilton community on Jan. 29.

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

I am writing to share the news that Elizabeth Ring, who taught in the Philosophy Department for a quarter century, has died.

Betty was one of the earliest female professors at Hamilton, first serving as a visiting instructor in the late 1960s and continuing to offer courses until the early 1990s. She was a founding member of the Faculty for Women’s Concerns organization on campus and was a strong advocate for women’s equality and feminist scholarship. Friends remember her intelligence and her warm and thoughtful nature.

A native of Winnipeg, Betty received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Manitoba and her Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University. She came to Clinton in 1959 when she and Jim Ring ’51, who taught in the Physics Department for 46 years, were married, a union that lasted 59 years until Jim’s death in 2019.

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