Ruth Jenkinson was born in West Philadelphia, one of eight siblings, four boys and four girls. Her family moved to Roxborough in 1952, and she and her siblings were soon enrolled in Catholic Schools, the boys going to Roman and the girls attending Hallahan. After graduating High School in 1964, Mrs. Jenkinson worked briefly in electronics, building and testing circuit boards before marrying in 1968. She has two children. In 1981 she accepted a position as Cataloguing Library Technician at La Salle University. After working briefly as a Payroll Clerk in the Human Resources Department she became Secretary to the Director of the Lawrence Library in 1986. In 1988 La Salle University’s current library opened, bearing the name of John Connelly whose foundation was instrumental in its financing. Mrs. Jenkinson’s new role in the Connelly Library was that of Administrative Assistant which was later retitled Office Manager, a position she held until retiring from full-time work after 33 years in February 6, 2015. She continues to work at the Connelly Library on a part-time basis until her position is filled. Both of her children have graduated from La Salle University in 1991 and 1994 respectively. In retirement, Mrs. Jenkinson plans travel with her sister and perhaps volunteer at a local school or hospital.
Jenkinson, Ruth and Lynch, Kevin W., "Interview of Ruth Jenkinson" (2015). All Oral Histories. 91.
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