- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 10, 2005

Ruth Waters-Meads, a journalist and longtime area resident, died Sept. 2 in her Fairfax home. She was 86.

Born Dec. 22, 1918, she graduated in 1936 from Okemah High School. Mrs. Waters-Meads attended the University of Oklahoma, earning a degree in journalism in 1941. She also earned her master’s degree in public relations from American University in 1962.

After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, Mrs. Waters-Meads briefly worked for the Oklahoma City Times before she moved to the District to be the press secretary for the Army Air Corps.

In addition to writing and editing brochures, newsletters and manuals for the Corps, she was the editor of the U.S. Army Retired Bulletin, a monthly periodical sent to nearly one million military retirees and their spouses.

Mrs. Waters-Meads was a contributing features writer for The Washington Post, the Associated Press, United Press International and other press outlets.

She retired in 1980, after 25 years of federal service.

Mrs. Waters-Meads was a lifetime supporter of the Smithsonian Institution and of the new National Museum of the American Indian and the World War II Memorial.

She was also an associate member of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a member of the American Antique Arts Association, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the International Toastmasters Club.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Francis M. Meads; a daughter, Barbara Boen Lineberry of Tallahassee, Fla.; a brother, Johnnie Mac Waters of Falls Church; and two grandsons.

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