Obituary: Ruth Cory Pritchard was advocate for women, children
By Ted Bell -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 5:30 a.m. PDT Tuesday,
March 12, 2002
Ruth Cory Pritchard, a longtime fixture in
Sacramento's public relations community, died Friday from the effects of
lung cancer at Kaiser Permanente in south Sacramento at age
Friends and colleagues described Mrs. Pritchard, once a writer
in Gov. Ronald Reagan's office and a communications specialist for
numerous agencies and lobbying groups, as an advocate for women's and
She was editor and publisher of the "Pocket
Directory of the California Legislature" and founded the publishing
companies Capitol Enquiry, Creative Editions and Cougar Press.
Born Ruth Marian Cory in Sidney, Ohio, Mrs. Pritchard attended Sinclair
Community College in Dayton and the University of Pittsburgh in
Pennsylvania. She worked at the Dayton Journal-Herald during World War
After the war, she married Donald Campbell. They lived in
Cincinnati for the next 10 years and had two children. The family moved to
Pittsburgh, Pa. She briefly edited a small newspaper and worked in the
infant industry of television as a writer and interviewer.
divorced in 1965 and moved to Chicago where she became an editor with
textbook publisher Scott Foresman. In June 1970 she moved to Sacramento to
work as a writer in Reagan's office.
In 1971 she married Alan
Pritchard, a Bee editor and columnist and a former high school sweetheart.
He died in 1996.
She worked as a lobbyist for the League of Women
Voters and then as public relations director for the California School
Boards Association before, in 1978, devoting most of her time to her
publishing endeavors. She served as a consultant and trainer for the state
Department of Education under Wilson Riles.
Mrs. Pritchard founded
the Sacramento chapter of the National Women's Caucus and was campaign
chair for Suzanne Paris, the first female state Senate candidate. While
the campaign didn't succeed, she wrote and published a book on the
experience titled "Getting Her Elected."
"She managed, in an era
when women were beginning to find a role at work and then finding a
conflict between home and work, to have a rich family life and a career,"
recalled friend Karen Humphrey.
"And she did it with such grace,"
said Humphrey. "She was a tremendous role model for women's political
involvement. I don't recall her ever speaking ill of anyone ... even
people who treated her less than nicely."
Mrs. Pritchard is
survived by her daughter, Kathleen Cory Campbell, of Dana Point, and her
son, Bruce Haywick Campbell, of Solon, Ohio.
A celebration of her
life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church,
1300 N St., in Sacramento.
The Bee's Ted Bell can be
reached at (916) 321-1071 or email@example.com