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In Memorial

Rebecca Ritchie

Rebecca died after a 13-year battle with breast cancer on Friday, May 8, 2009. She was 60 years old.

By day she was a healthcare attorney. She is survived by her husband Stafford, daughter Glynis, and sons Stafford and Tom.

She was well respected and admired in her local arts and theatre community. A respected member of International Centre for Women Playwrights, she gave considerable time to writing articles on playwriting for the ICWP Seasons Newsletter. Her articles as "The Play Doctor" where she answered queries from playwrights with problem scripts were especially appreciated.

It is with regret that I mention the life and achievements of Rebecca Ritchie. As we all look toward remembrance in our life time, we should never forget the calling on our lives--to do the very best we can do for ourselves and the world. Rebecca will be remembered for her achievements, but they are only a small portion of her life. The remembrance is in the hearts and minds of those who wish to recall her talents and gifts. Let us all think on our end result and work toward our future.  --Terri Febuary

Virginia Foster (nee Bauch) 

Virginia was born November 4, 1933 in Kelso, Washington. She died in Portland, Oregon on February 4, 2012, after years of living with Stage IV cancer. As a playwright and poet, she was known as Ginny Foster. [Full obituary here.]

Ginny was the daughter of Clifford and Agnes Bauch, and mother to five children, grandmother to three; great-grandmother to five; great-great grandmother to one.

She graduated with honors from Centralia Community College, attended Stanford and Berkeley Universities (where she was active in civil rights), and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship.

Ginny taught English to high school students, and wrote poetry throughout her life. After she retired from teaching, she began to write plays. She was a member of ICWP. Together with Sandra de Helen, she produced readings of new plays by women in 1998, and helped organize a mini-conference of ICWP in Portland, Oregon in 2001.

Ginny's dream was to see one of her plays on the boards at Portland Center Stage. She didn't long for the lights of Broadway, she didn't chase publication. She continued to learn, to write, to hone her craft, until her play Starvation Heights was selected for JAW, and a staged reading was presented. The interview with her about this event provides a delightful opportunity to hear how Ginny thought, and what her work process was. Read it here.

Ginny's literary executor is ICWP member Sandra de Helen. They were friends who were also a two-person writing group for more than twenty years. You can contact Sandra for information about Ginny's work at sandra (at)

--- by Sandra de Helen

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