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Ruth Anne Petrak, American writer.

Background

Petrak, Ruth Anne was born on January 4, 1934 in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. Daughter of Howard Norval and Helene Ruth (Elliott) Beard.

Education

Bachelor in Journalism, Drake University, 1955.

Career

Reporter, copy editor, Des Moines Register, 1955-1958;instructor English and journalism, Grand View College, Des Moines, 1961-1967;writer, editor, Jewish Welfare Federation Newsletter, Des Moines, 1967-1973;researcher, writer, Cowles Encyclopedia, Des Moines, 1967-1973;director media resource service Iowa conference, United Methodist Church, Des Moines, 1973-1979;dirst. supervisor, United States Census Bureau, Webster County, Iowa., 1980;program director, Aldersgate United Methodist Camp, Villisca, Iowa., 1982-1986;free-lance feature writer, Fort Dodge (Iowa) Messenger, 1991.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.

Religion

Through Covenant each individual accepts the relationship with God. It is not about acquiring a relationship with God, but living within the loving relationship that God has already offered.

Politics

When seeking to address certain political issues, the Church must engage with other denominations to understand their views and needs.

Views

Holiness is not just about personal spirituality and prayer. It will also be expressed through a commitment to social justice and enabling other people to become followers of Jesus.

Membership

Certified leader workshops Iowa Conference United Methodist Church, since 1985, chair division Peace and World Order, 1986-1992, chair board of church and society, since 1992. Board directors Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, since 1985. Member American Association of University Women (coordinator reproductive choice action Iowa division since 1992), Iowa Women in Ministry (district coordinator since 1991), Iowa United Nations Association, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: bicycling, reading, gardening, peace activist.

Connections

Married Harold Lee Brown, June 27, 1953 (divorced 1978). Children: Kenneth Leland, Louise Ruth Rhode, Keith Harold, Philip Lee. Married Ronald Dean Patrak, May 19, 1979.

father:
Howard Norval Beard

mother:
Helene Ruth (Elliott) Beard

spouses:
Harold Lee Brown

Ronald Dean Patrak

children:
Kenneth Leland Petrak

Louise Ruth Rhode Petrak

Keith Harold Petrak

Philip Lee Petrak