Ruth Scriven Wolf, nurse and civic leader, was born in New York City on March 22, 1923, to William Henry and Ada Mabel Piers Scriven. After studying at Hunter College in New York City from 1939 to 1942, she received her registered nursing degree from New York University College of Medicine in 1945. Wolf then worked for a brief period as a United States Army Cadet Nurse at Northington General Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In 1946, she returned to New York and attended Syracuse University while working as an operating room supervisor at Syracuse University Hospital from 1946 to 1948. Wolf continued working as a nurse in both New York and Oregon until 1951.
On June 9, 1944, Ruth married Robert E. Wolf, a forest economist. They had four children, Glenn, James, Nancy, and Richard, between 1951 and 1960. In the early 1950s, the Wolf family moved to Cheverly, Maryland. Mrs. Wolf became a member of the League of Women Voters of Prince George's County. She was also a member of the League's Board of Directors from 1955 to 1963 and president from 1960 to 1963. From 1964 to 1968, Wolf was actively involved with the Prince George's County Health Study Council Committee on Hospital and Health Facility Needs, the Health Planning Advisory Committee, the County Community Action Committee, the County Constitution Advisory Commission, and the local Parent Teacher Association (PTA). In 1968, Governor Spiro T. Agnew appointed her to the Prince George's County Board of Education. She remained a member of the school board until May 1973, serving as board president during the 1970-1971 school year.
From 1974 to 1984, she worked as Program Coordinator for Programs and Services for the Aging in College Park, Maryland. In 1985, she co-founded Adult Day Care of Calvert County, a non-profit, non-sectarian corporation committed to "enhancing and maintaining the health, functional independence, and general well-being of elderly and disabled adults in Calvert County through community-based health care, nursing interventions, social and recreational programs, and advocacy and support services."
After her service on the Prince George's County Board of Education Wolf also held volunteer leadership positions with a multitude of health and education committees and organizations including: the Maryland Committee for Education and Religious Liberty (1973-1974); the National Capital Area United Way (1972-1982); the Calvert County United Way (1994-1999); the Southern Maryland Health System Agency (1978-1990); the Calvert Hospice Board of Directors (1985-1993); the Calvert Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees (1986-2002); the Maryland Hospital Association (1991-2002); and the State of Maryland Cancer Treatment Task Force (2001). She was appointed by Governor Harry R. Hughes to serve on the Governor's Council on Education Coordination for Children in State Facilities (1981-1988), and, in 1999, Governor Parris N. Glendening appointed Wolf to the Board of Governors of the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, on which she continues to serve. Wolf is also currently a member of the Calvert County Planning Commission, an appointment she has held since 1995.
She has received numerous awards and honors such as the National Conference of Christians and Jews of the National Capital Region Community Service Award for "Courage and Determination That Justice Should Prevail for All" (1972); the League of Women Voters of Prince George's County award for "Outstanding Contributions for Attainment of Equal Opportunity for All" (1973); the Prince George's County Federation of Teacher's John Dewey Award for "Outstanding Contributions to Education" (1974); the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals and Supervisors award for "Community Leadership in Education" (1974); and the Maryland Hospice Network award for "Outstanding Hospice Service" (1995). Wolf and her husband currently live in St. Leonard, Maryland.