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Elizabeth Ruffin, longtime Enoch Pratt employee, dies

Elizabeth Ruffin, longtime Enoch Pratt employee, dies

Elizabeth Ruffin, an Enoch Pratt Free Library staff member for more than 40 years who fought racial segregation in Baltimore, died of heart failure Nov. 12 at Union Memorial Hospital.

She was 87 and lived in Tuscany-Canterbury.

Born Elizabeth Carleton in New Haven, Conn., she received a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Connecticut and a master's degree in library science at Simmons College in Boston.

As a young woman she worked in the Yale University rare book room.

She joined the Pratt Library in 1953 and was assigned to its...

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