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Belle Ruth Witkin

Belle Ruth Witkin, American writer, former speech and English language educator. Certified teacher, Washington, California, administrator, California. Named to Order of the Rose, Beta Sigma Phi, 1955, Hall of Fame, International Listening Association, 1992; recipient Educational Research Information Clearinghouse award Toastmasters International, 1966.

Background

  • Witkin, Belle Ruth was born on June 1, 1917 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Daughter of Samuel and Lena (Eichenwald) Clayman.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in English, University Puget Sound, 1939. Master of Arts in Speech Education, University Washington, 1952. Doctor of Philosophy in Speech Pathology and Audiology, University Washington, 1962.

    Career

    • Teacher in English, speech and journalism Gig Harbor (Washington) High School, 1940-1943. Writer, aircraft inspector, office manager County Health Department, Texas, Florida. Newspaper feature reporter, inspector Boeing Company, Washington, 1943-1946.

      Speech communications instructor, lecturer University Washington, Seattle, 1948-1960. Speech consultant King County Superintendent of Schools, 1960-1966. Director Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Center Alameda County, Hayward, California, 1966-1977.

      Speech lecturer San Jose (California) State University, 1976-1977. Researcher, administrator Alameda County Office of Education, Hayward, California, 1966-1980. Writer Renton, Washington, 1981-1998.

      Visiting scholar University Washington, Seattle, 1990-1998.

    Major achievements

    • Certified teacher, Washington, California, administrator, California.

    Works

    Membership

    Northwest regional advisory board Anti-Defamation League, Seattle, 1955-1966, executive council, 1964-1965. Member League of Women Voters, South King County, 1982-1998, Citizens Education Center, Seattle, 1982-1998. Member International Listening Association (chair research task force 1986-1992, research award 1996), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Evaluation Association, American Educational Research Association, Speech Communications Association, International Society for Educational Planning (executive board 1975-1977), California Association for Program Evaluation (president 1979-1980), Washington State Speech Association (president 1964-1965), Northwest Communications Association.

    Personality

    Interests

    Music, reading.

    Connections

    • Married Joseph Jacob Witkin, January 8, 1944. 1 child, Sheryl Marie Killman.
    • father: Samuel Clayman
    • mother: Lena (Eichenwald) Clayman
    • spouse: Joseph Jacob Witkin
    • child: Sheryl Marie Killman Witkin
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    Died February 1, 1998
    (aged 80)
    Nationality
    • 1939
      University Puget Sound
    • 1952
      University Washington
    • 1962
      University Washington
    • 1940 - 1943
      Teacher, in English
    • 1943 - 1946
      newspaper feature reporter
      Washington, United States
    • 1948 - 1960
      speech communications instructor, University Washington
      Seattle, Washington, United States
    • 1948 - 1960
      lecturer, University Washington
      Seattle, Washington, United States
    • 1960 - 1966
      speech consultant, King County Superintendent of Schools
    • 1966 - 1977
      director, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Center Alameda County
      Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
    • 1966 - 1980
      researcher, Alameda County Office of Education
      Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
    • 1966 - 1980
      administrator, Alameda County Office of Education
      Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
    • 1976 - 1977
      speech lecturer, San Jose (California) State University
    • 1981 - 1998
      writer, Renton
      Washington, United States
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