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Richmond — Ruth Jones Herrink was awarded posthumously a Lifetime Achievement Award from the VPA (Virginia Press Association) Herrink died Oct. 12, 2013 at the age of 87.
For 30 years, up until her death, Herrink was the publisher of The Journal in King George. The day before she died, she worked on the next edition of The Journal
Carla Rollins Gutridge, managing editor of Getaway magazine, wrote in a letter nominating Herrink for the Lifetime Achievement Award that “Ruth had a kind heart, but if something was happening that she considered unjust or just plain wrong, Ruth was always the first to jump up on her soapbox and demand justice.”
Herrink was instrumental in constructing a new office building in King George to house an urgent care facility and medical offices. As publisher of The Journal, she promoted Love Thy Neighbor Food Bank, the King George Farmers’ Market and other community activities.
Prior to moving to King George, Herrink was the director of the department of professional and occupational regulation for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She was appointed by former Gov. Linwood Holton and served in her role under three governors.