Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy

The University of Mississippi

Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy to Present 2019 Legacy Award Posthumously to the Guytons

The Ole Miss Women’s Council is exceptionally proud to announce the 2019 Legacy Award recipients, the late Ruth Weigle Guyton and Dr. Arthur C. Guyton. The Guytons lived their lives dedicated to mentoring, leadership, scholarship, and philanthropy, which are the very framework values of the Ole Miss Women’s Council and its scholarship program. They impacted the lives of countless people in the medical profession, in the state of Mississippi, and in the nation and world through their exemplary lives, life’s work, and their extraordinary family.

Ruth Weigle Guyton was born on June 5, 1922, in New Haven, Connecticut. She graduated at the top of her class at Wellesley, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Biblical History. After graduation, Ruth taught at Pine Manor Junior College and served as housemother for a residence hall there.

In the words of Ruth’s husband, “It was extremely lucky that she was willing to marry and devote herself to a family instead of a career.” Indeed, Ruth was a deeply committed wife and mother to her ten children, instilling in her family a love of learning and reading. Her family was her greatest delight, and she was the primary parent who helped the children with their schoolwork. All ten children went on to pursue careers in medicine or medical research, continuing the remarkable Guyton legacy. Ruth was also an avid gardener, a gifted writer, and an eternal optimist.

Dr. Arthur C. Guyton was born in Oxford, Mississippi, on September 8, 1919. He entered the University of Mississippi in 1936, graduating with honors, then continued his studies at Harvard Medical School in 1939. Dr. Guyton spent the next six decades teaching, writing, researching, inventing, and learning, both in his profession and in his home life.

Dr. Guyton also served in the U.S. Navy Medical Center and at Camp Detrick. This dedicated physician earned international recognition for his work, including a President’s award, and was named one of ten outstanding young men in the nation in 1951. Dr. Guyton was a leader in physiology and medicine, serving the University of Mississippi Medical Center for 42 years. He is known throughout the world as author of Textbook of Medical Physiology, still in use today.

Ruth Weigle Guyton and Dr. Arthur C. Guyton forever will be missed, but their light continues to shine brightly through their family and through their many achievements — a tremendous legacy that the Ole Miss Women’s Council is celebrating through this special award.