Ruth was the first Assistant Editor of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies. She joined the ANU in 1968 and for the next 15 years worked alongside Professor Heinz Arndt, Head of the then Department of Economics, in the Research School of Pacific Studies building the journal's standard and reputation. As well as editing the content and overseeing production, Ruth pursued her scholarly interest in Indonesian education and its financing, and wrote economic surveys of several Indonesian provinces.
Ruth's familiarity with the region, its languages and cultures - and her understanding of what it meant to be alone and struggling in a foreign country - made her a sympathetic figure for many students for whom she acted as informal or formal adviser and friend. She knew from personal experience how kindness and generosity could change lives. She had a particular affection for Indonesia and Indonesians and maintained her ties for many years following her formal retirement.
The fund provides grants which assist students of The Australian National University who are engaged in postgraduate study of Asia and the Pacific, with special emphasis on Indonesia. Grants may be used for research or educational expenses (including travel) directly related to the student's academic interests or future career aspirations.