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Ruth Virginia Van Ness Blair, American writer. Soloist Champaign-Urbana (Illinois) churches, 1938-1961; education chairman Symphony Guild, Champaign-Urbna, 1970-1974. Member National League American Pen Women (president Clearwater chapter 1980-1982), Chicago Children's Reading Round Table, Clearwater (Florida) Friends Library, Florida State Poetry Association, National Society Children's Book Writers.

Background

Blair, Ruth Virginia Van Ness was born on June 9, 1912 in St. Michael, Alaska, United States. Daughter of Elmer Eugene and Eula Willie (McIntosh) Van Ness.

Education

Diploma, Seattle Pacific College, 1932;voice studies, Seattle, 1930-1934;voice studies, New York City, 1937-1938.

Career

Teacher, Everett (Washington) Public Schools, 1932-1934;teacher, Champaign, Illinois, 1952-1961. Presenter Writing for Children workshops United States Florida at St. Petersburg, Florida Southern College, writers' conferences.

Works

  • book

  • Other Work

    • Author: (children's books) Puddle Duck, 1966, A Bear Hibernates, Why Can't I?, 1972, Willa Willa, The Wishful Witch, 1972, Mary's Monster (Junior Literature Guild Selection), 1975. Contributor poetry to Voices International, Lyric, Classical Outlook, The Pen Women. Contributor stories, articles to Athene Magazine, Museum Journal, Christian Living, Amelia, Cricket, Young World Plays, Ranger Rick, Good Old Days, St. Petersburg Times.

      Contributor Encyclopedia Britannica, 1974, chapter poetry textbook, 1983. Editor Symphony Guild Teachers Guide, 1974.

Membership

Soloist Champaign-Urbana (Illinois) churches, 1938-1961. Education chairman Symphony Guild, Champaign-Urbna, 1970-1974. Member National League American Pen Women (president Clearwater chapter 1980-1982), Chicago Children's Reading Round Table, Clearwater (Florida) Friends Library, Florida State Poetry Association, National Society Children's Book Writers.

Clubs: University (Urbana).

Connections

Married Glenn Myers Blair, June 27, 1934. Children: Glen Myers, Sally Virginia Coleman.

father:
Elmer Eugene Ness

mother:
Eula Willie (McIntosh) Van Ness

spouse:
Glenn Myers Blair

children:
Glen Myers Blair

Sally Virginia Coleman Blair