Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota, 1968; Master of Arts, University of Minnesota, 1976.
Elementary teacher, Mounds View Public School, St. Paul, 1968-1970;
teaching assistant, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1975-1976;
director, Art Dealers Associations, Minneapolis, 1984-1987;
owner, director, Carolyn Ruff Gallery, Minneapolis, since 1989. Contemporary arts guide Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, since 1986. Associate Minneapolis College Art, since 1993.
Consultant Department Defense School, Tokyo, 1970-1973, Fulda, Germany, 1973-1975, Minnetonka (Minnesota) Public School, 1976-1984.
Member Minneapolis Institute Art, Walker Art Center (directors circuit since 1976, collector's circuit since 1993).
Married Stephen McAlpin Ruff, August 16, 1968. Children: Veronika Lis, Per Jordan.