Officials at Missouri Southern State University are remembering Ruth Kolpin Rubison, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 96.

A longtime Carthage resident, she was considered a pioneer in radio, television and cable television – and was hugely instrumental in the broadcast program at MSSU.

In 2008, KGCS moved to channel 22 and began broadcasting a digital signal, which allowed it to reach more than 167,000 households in Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma. The changes were made possible by a generous donation from the Ruth I. Kolpin Foundation. As a result, the KGCS studios were named in her honor.

“Not only was she recognized as the first Pioneer Broadcast Award recipient for her significant career, she helped strengthen the foundation for our television station and our students for future success,” said Judy Stiles, general manager of KGCS.

“Her financial support for our digital upgrade allowed KGCS to continue to serve the region. Her generosity in establishing an endowed scholarship continues to help Missouri Southern broadcast students pursue their education and career goals, and her financial support through her foundation provides key support for our annual Regional Media Hall of Fame and Media Showcase events.”

“Ruth Kolpin was a wonderful person with a heart of gold,” said Dr. Alan Marble, president of MSSU. “Her extraordinary generosity will have a positive impact on the students, faculty, and staff of Missouri Southern for generations to come. With her passing, our community lost a treasure, but heaven gained an angel.”