Born: August 2, 1916

Died: May 1, 2014

Married: Gould  Hoyt

Children: Jane Hannah Hoyt Baloras, Edward Henry Hoyt

Florence Ruth (Klein) Hoyt, known as Ruth, of Paul Smithswas a World War II veteran.  She was a daughter of Florence and Henry Klein of Homestead, Pennsylvania.  She earned a Bachelor in Science in Social Studies in 1938 and a Master of Science in Education in 1940 from the University of Pennsylvania. She served during WWII as a Navy Wave specialist, teaching pilots in the simulators. She received the Victory medal and the American Campaign medal. After the war, she completed her education at Syracuse University.

She met her husband Gould Hoyt when they were both house parents at Syracuse, introduced by the boys in Gould's house.  In the early 1950s, Ruth and Gould moved to Keese Mill Road in Paul Smiths, where they lived for more than sixty years. Ruth taught at Paul Smith's College in the 1950s and again in 1977, and helped Gould in many projects, including the building of the Forestry Club's cabin, the restoration of Paul Smith's Hotel's stagecoach, and the construction of the new church building across from the St. Regis Presbyterian Church.  She helped preserve historic artifacts from hotelier Paul Smith and his wife, Lydia Martin Smith.

Ruth played organ for the Presbyterian church on Keese Mill Road and also for the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake, of which she was a member.

She is buried in St. John's in the Wilderness Cemetery.


External link:

  • Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 10, 2014, Obituary