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Ruth Marian Cory Pritchard
PRITCHARD, RUTH MARIAN CORY
In Sacramento March 8, 2002. Ruth lived a life dedicated to women's and children's rights, filled with accomplishment and love. Survivors include daughter Kathleen Cory Campbell and grandsons Peter Michael Anderson and Ryan Gabriel Anderson; son Bruce Haywick Campbell, his wife Michele, grandchildren Lane and Elyssa, and many other relatives and friends who loved her dearly and will miss her gentle manner and her professional and personal strength.
Ruth is best known as editor and publisher of The Pocket Directory of the California Legislature the "little red book" widely carried by those who contact legislators - and other political publications. She founded the publishing company Capitol Enquiry in 1973; she also owned and operated Creative Editions and Cougar Press, publishing nonfiction books, for many years.
Ruth had a long career in Sacramento, working as a writer/editor in the office of Governor Ronald Reagan; lobbyist for the League of Women Voters; Public Relations Director for the California School Boards Association (starting its PR program); and consultant and trainer for the state Department of Education under Superintendent of Public Instruction Wilson Riles. She founded the Sacramento chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus and was campaign chair for California's first woman State Senate candidate, Suzanne Paizis.
Born in Sidney, Ohio on August 10, 1924, Ruth moved to Dayton during World War II to attend Sinclair College and work for the Dayton Journal-Herald. After the war, she married and moved to Cincinnati, where her children were born. In the mid-1950's in Pittsburgh, PA, she pioneered as one of the few women working in television, hosting a live talk show and making documentaries for 3 local stations
Ruth moved to Chicago in 1965, becoming an editor with Scott, Foresman textbook publishers. She moved to Sacramento in 1970, reconnecting with high school sweetheart Alan Pritchard, an editor and columnist for The Sacramento Bee. They married and shared 25 happy years together before Alan's death in 1996.
Ruth's devotion to Alan and her joy in children, grandchildren and friends was a hallmark of her life, which will be celebrated at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 16, 2002 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 N Street, near the State Capitol.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 3/10/2002.
  

  
  
  
  
  

  
  
  





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