For twenty years Ruth was an inspirational lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. Ruth's passionate love of the natural world was reflected in her teaching and research. One of her favourite, and most popular, classes was centred on the Parlement of Fowles. Ruth was an exceptionally perceptive and conscientious editor, and her work included a volume of three alliterative Saints lives for EETS and a special issue of Parergon on metre and stress in English rhymed alliterative verse. Ruth was also very active running Lomers (the London Old and Middle English Research Seminar group) which brought together academics from the University of London for research seminars and conferences. A number of these conferences inspired volumes of research, and I was fortunate enough to work with Ruth on editing Writers of the Reign of Henry II and Authority and Subjugation in Writing of Medieval Wales for Palgrave Macmillan. Ruth had an irrepressible zest for life and will be sorely missed by her colleagues, former students and friends, as well as her family.
Dr. S. T. Meecham-Jones