Dr. Ruth Seevers
One of Missouri’s First Female Physicians —
DR. RUTH SEEVERS, CLASS OF THE University of Missouri’s School of Medicine in 1906, used a two-horse buggy to make house calls in Osceola, Mo., where she practiced from 1906 to 1977. Alongside “Doc Ruth” through many of those years was Cub, a bulldog who toted her medicine box and guarded her during drunken celebrations following a baby’s birth. Years before she died at the age of 102, Seevers was considered a legend in Osceola and was known throughout Missouri as the oldest practicing female physician in the state.