Henry Clay Ruark, Jr, of Seaside died April 2. He was 94. Henry was born February 3, 1918 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and Presque Island, Maine.

He received a teaching certificate from Aroostock State Normal School in 1937 and taught elementary grades. Mr. Ruark was also a reporter and editor at newspapers in Maine, Vermont and he worked as a staff correspondent and reporter for United Press, based in Boston.

He served in the U.S. Army signal corps from 1943-46. In 1950 he earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Oregon College of Education where he also worked as news bureau chief and director of Instructional Materials Center.

Henry also earned a Masters of Education in 19054 from Oregon State College and completed coursework at Indiana University towards a doctorate of education.

Henry was the first director of Information for the National Audio Visual Association in Washington, D.C. then worked 10 years for the Oregon Department of Education, guiding creation of ‘Project Springboard’ which brought audio visual education to Oregon’s K-12 classrooms.

In the 1970’s Ruark was public information officer for Portland Community College before moving to Chicago to become editor of AV-Guide, a nationally disturbed trade magazine. He also operated Learning Media Associates a communications consulting business.

In 1942, Henry married Bea Warren Carter. They raised five children. They were divorced for ten years before remarrying in 1982. Henry retired in 1982, returning to Salem to where he subsequently became Bea’s caregiver during her 8-year illness with advanced dementia. Bea preceded Henry in death in April 2004.

Also in 2004 Henry became a contributing editor for Salem News, a daily on-line publication.

Survivors include sons Nick in Vancouver, Jeremy in Seaside, Leslie in Arlington, Loren in Eugene and daughter Ellen in The Dalles.

Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Seaside Hospital or Salem News.com

Arrangementss were made by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, Salem.


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