Born and raised in Nebraska, Elmer (E.P.) Baruth spent his career at Nebraska colleges, teaching business education and coaching track.
Baruth graduated from Indianola High School in 1924, and went on to Hastings Business College, where he graduated in 1925. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hastings College in 1929. In 1949, he received a Master's Degree from the University of Nebraska. Baruth went on to teach. For twenty years, he was the business education instructor and track coach for Nebraska high schools.
Then higher education called him - Baruth taught college business education and coached the college track team at McCook Junior College in Nebraska for twenty-two years. Baruth coached the track team to several junior college titles. Under his guidance, the McCook Junior College track teams won the Empire Junior College Conference four years in a row, and were runners-up to the National Junior College title in 1965.
Baruth refereed the National Jr. College Track and Field Championships in 1969, was the Honorary Referee of Hastings College Night Relays in 1969, Refereed Doane College Relays in 1971, and was a volunteer with the YMCA for many years. In 1983, the local YMCA added a new indoor track facility and named it the "E.P. Baruth Track Field."
Baruth was named Mr. McCook College by the football coaches and team and he received the Eagle Builders award in 1969.
Baruth was initiated into Hastings Chapter in Hastings, Nebraska, in 1925. He received the Legion of Honor in 1984. Baruth was a member of the first class to be inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on November 13, 1985.
"DeMolay gave me another set of values … that have helped me work with young men through my coaching years, and their response was more than gratifying."