Ruth A. Walker

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Ruth A. Walker
CAMBRIDGE MA - Ruth A. Walker, of Cambridge MA, passed away suddenly, at home, on September 7, 2017. Ruth was born to Jeanne C. and Robert F. Walker, on June 22, 1954 in Elmhurst, IL. Growing up in Fullerton, CA and Aiken, SC she graduated from Aiken High School in 1972 and from Oberlin College, Oberlin OH in 1976.
A respected journalist, Ruth began her career at The Christian Science Monitor with a four-week internship during her freshman year of college. Her work at the Monitor went on to take her across North America, Europe, and Australia. A true citizen of the world, Ruth lived and worked as a foreign correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor in Bonn, Germany and Toronto, Canada before returning to her beloved Boston. Her many interesting assignments ranged from covering the 1995 Bosnian war zone, on the ground, to interviewing various world leaders. Across her career, she served as the Monitor's deputy editor, editorial-page editor, and online news editor before leaving to pursue a freelance career as a writer, editor, and consultant in 2006. Ruth was currently the author of Verbal Energy, a popular weekly column on language and etymology in the Monitor. She was also serving as President of The Society of Professional Consultants.
Ruth's family, friends, and colleagues will miss her sharp wit, her deeply intelligent sense of humor, and her insightful but always loving take on world events and issues.
Left to cherish her memory are her brother and sister-in-law Douglas and Sharyn Walker of Aiken, SC, her nephew and his wife, Andrew and Sarah Jane Sills-Tate Walker, of Columbia, SC and her niece and her husband, Meredith and Patrick Boylan, also of Aiken, SC. Also loving her and missing her will be her extended family of Jack and Mable Hice and Jody and Ralph Courtney of Aiken, and Joshua Courtney and Melia Courtney Bolchoz and their families, of Charlotte, NC and Mt. Pleasant, SC. Family Christmas gatherings will continue to include Ruth in spirit.
A memorial service and gathering of loved ones will take place in the Boston-area at a future date.
Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Sept. 17, 2017
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