Ruth G. Myer, 91, president of Civic Education Service of Washington, died Monday at Sligo Gardens Nursing Home in Takoma Park.
She was the widow of Walter E. Myer, editor, educator and publisher, and was his partner in the Civic Education Service publishing business until his death in 1955.
Mrs. Myer then became president of the company and remained in full charge of its operations until relinquishing most of her active duties six years ago.
Born in Unionville, Mo., she grew up in Latham, Kan., attended Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. and taught in Kansas rural schools.
In 1921, with her help, her husband began writing a weekly paper, Weekly News Review, which was mimeographed and distributed to high school students in Kansas.
They brought their paper to Washington in 1925, where it achieved national circulation. They then formed the Civic Education Service and later established other papers.
These included the Junior Review for junior high school classes, the American Observer for senior high school classes, the Young Citizen for fifth and sixth grades and the Civic Leader for social studies teachers.
The papers were purchased in 1969 by Scholastic Magazines, Inc. Since then Civic Education Service has been producing audio-visual materials for schools.
Mrs. Myer is survived by two sisters, Harriette S. Massa and Evelyn Goss, both of Washington.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the Walter E. Myer Scholarship Fund at Kansas State College in Emporia.