Ruth Bogert Wible '63
Ruth Bogert holds the distinction of being the first female
student-athlete to earn a varsity letter at Grove City College as well as the
first female to earn four letters in a sport.
A standout for the Grove City rifle team from 1959 to 1963, Ruth emerged as one of the Wolverines' top performers during that span. She helped the Wolverines to a 44-19 overall record in her career.
As a senior in 1962-63, the Hickory High School graduate led the Wolverines to a 13-4 mark. She ranked third in the West Penn Conference with a 280.8 average.
Ruth helped the 1959-60 team capture the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Rifle League title with a 6-0 record against league foes. Grove City concluded the year with an 11-1 overall record.
She earned her third collegiate letter in 1962 after helping Grove City to a 12-5 mark, along with a second-place finish in the WPCRL and a third-place finish in the West Penn Conference.
Following her senior season, Ruth led a group of female students to Penn State University March 9, 1963 for a match against Penn State.
She set a new Penn State range record by shooting a career-best 287 while also coaching the team.
She graduated with a bachelor's degree in history in 1963. She worked as a teacher in New Jersey, Germany, Florida and Pennsylvania before spending 15 years with the United States Treasury Department.
She married Ira Duane Wible ’62. The couple has two children and six grandchildren.