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writer , speech and English language educator

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.


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


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.


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.


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



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.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: music, reading.


Married Joseph Jacob Witkin, January 8, 1944. 1 child, Sheryl Marie Killman.

Samuel Clayman

Lena (Eichenwald) Clayman

Joseph Jacob Witkin

Sheryl Marie Killman Witkin