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​The Colonel Ruby Linn Endowment Fund was created in 2016 thanks to the generous support of the Ruby W. and Lavon P.
Linn Foundation.

Gifts to the endowment are held in perpetuity, and proceeds help ensure that Veterans Legal Services will continue to meet the critical needs of Massachusetts veterans for many years to come.

The following year, Ruby received a master’s degree in institutional management from Columbia University and moved to Hawaii to run the dietician program at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu. Ruby's career in the military came full circle in 1958, when she became chief of the Food Service Division and director of the Dietetic Internship Program at Walter Reed. She retired in December 1963.

In 1966, Ruby married fellow Army veteran LaVon Parker Linn. The pair shared a love for travel and a deep commitment to philanthropy in service of those in need. The Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation was created in 2001, by Ruby, and has generously supported organizations serving veterans and other charitable organizations ever since.


The Colonel Ruby Linn Endowment Fund honors the life, legacy and service of Ruby (Winslow) Linn. Born in 1910 in Myricks, Mass., Ruby graduated from Taunton High School and Simmons College, where she studied home economics. 

In 1932, Ruby began working at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., as a dietician. She would go on to work at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y., and later served as a dietician in Puerto Rico. 

On April 1, 1943, Ruby was sworn into service as an Army second lieutenant. She began working at Brooke General Hospital at Fort Sam Houston in Texas in 1947 and earned the title of director of Brooke’s School of Dietetics. She became a major in 1950.

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