The daughter of farmers, Ruth Margaret Williams was born and raised in Ocala, Fla. After graduating in 1935 from Howard Academy in Ocala, she attended Florida A&M University and earned a bachelor's degree in 1939 from West Virginia State University.
In 1940, she entered Howard University to study for a master's degree in education, but withdrew on the eve of World War II to take a job as a residence hall director at what is now Hampton University.
She then moved to Baltimore, where she met William Henry Land, a statistician, whom she married in 1942. In 1944, she earned her master's degree in educational guidance from New York University.
From the late 1940s to the mid-1950s, Mrs. Land worked as a social worker for the Baltimore Department of Public Welfare.
In 1954, she began teaching social studies and history at Sollers Point High School, and the next year, joined the faculty of Booker T. Washington Junior High School as a guidance counselor.
Mrs. Land became a guidance counselor at Calverton Junior High School in the mid-1960s. She retired in 1981.
Mrs. Land was an active member of the Alpha Wives, and the Baltimore chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., The Pals, The Drifters, and Links Inc. She was also a member of the West Virginia State University Alumni Association, Moles, and Pinochle Bugs.
Mrs. Land, who lived in the Belvedere Towers in Roland Park, was a member for more than 40 years of Union Baptist Church, where she had assisted in the church's Head Start Program.
Her husband, who had been a mathematician with the Atomic Energy Commission, died in 1963.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at her church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave.
Mrs. Land is survived by her son, Benjamin "Benny" Land of Ashburton; a brother, Herbert Williams of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun