Remembering Society Co-founder Ruth Dixon

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One of Editors Victoria’s founding members, and an honorary life member, Ruth Dixon, passed away almost a year ago – we were not aware at the time, but have recently been alerted to the anniversary of her death by another founding member, Janice (Jan) Llewelyn.

Back in 1970, Jan introduced Ruth to Janet Mackenzie, another honorary life member and still active in editing and the society today. Janet had been wondering which union editors should join, and Ruth had editorial experience at publishers (Longmans Green, Faber and Faber, Oxford University Press, Sun Books and Cheshire Publishing) in both London and Melbourne. It wasn’t long before Ruth, Janet, Jan and handful of others decided to form the Editors Society of Victoria – now Editors Victoria, a branch of IPEd. Ruth was the society’s first training officer, giving her scope to improve editing standards.

Ruth travelled and worked overseas and in Melbourne as an editor and then acquisitions librarian. In 1987, the society awarded her an honorary life membership. She was still breaking new ground – developing her skills in new areas, especially in new computer and video technologies – even after her retirement in 1996. Ruth died in June 2016 at Cabrini Hospital after a short illness.

You can read more about Ruth Dixon at editorsvictoria.org/publications/9-uncategorised/111-ruth-dixon-awarded-1987.