Ruth Patt grew up in New Brunswick, NJ and graduated from Douglass College of Rutgers Univeristy. She founded the Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey in 1977, and has organized the Jewish American Lecture Series for 11 years.
She is the author of four books, including The Jewish Scene in New Jersey’s Raritan Valley, the Jewish Experience at Rutgers, and Uncommon Lives: 18 Extraordinary Jews from New Jersey. Mrs. Patt chaired the celebration of New Brunswick’s 300th Birthday in 1980.
She is active in Hadassah and is on the board of the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. Mrs. Patt was named Woman of the Year by the Raritan Valley Jewish Federation , Citizen of the Year by New Brunswick, and received the Crown of Torah Award from Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple.