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K.G. Journal publisher, 87, dies
Ruth Herrink, publisher of the King George Journal for 30 years, died on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Mary Washington Hospital after a brief illness. She was 87.
She was in “full Ruth form” the evening before she was found unresponsive, according to her daughter, Jessica Herrink. She was working on the next issue of the paper and “talking about her vision for how the problems with the urgent care facility in King George [which is closing] were an opportunity for something better for the future,” according to her obituary.
Members of the King George County Board of Supervisors praised her contributions to the community.
“She was involved in all that went on in the background and in the foreground of King George County,” said Supervisor Joe Grzeika.
Supervisor Ruby Brabo added: “She definitely has left a mark on the community and will be remembered.”
Jessica Herrink said her mother was always ready to promote a new community venture or charitable project.
“She liked to be in the thick of things,” she said.
Ruth Herrink and her husband, Louis, were instrumental in constructing a new office building in King George to house the Gateway Medical Urgent Care center and medical offices. She also helped establish the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation and Museum. She promoted the Love Thy Neighbor food bank, King George Farmers Market and other community activities, according to her family.
Before she moved to King George, Ruth Herrink directed the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation for Virginia. She was appointed by Gov. Linwood Holton and served under three governors.
She also served on the Richmond City Council from 1963 to 1965 and on Richmond commissions that dealt with civil rights and those for women.
She is survived by her husband, three daughters, five grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and other relatives.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday at Nash and Slaw Funeral Home in King George. The family will receive guests an hour before the service.
Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425