|Principal of St John's College, Durham|
|Preceded by||John Cockerton|
|Succeeded by||Anthony Thiselton|
|Born||Dorothea Ruth Etchells
17 April 1931
|Died||8 August 2012(aged 81)|
From 1968, she taught in the English Department and soon became Vice Principal of Trevelyan College. In 1979 she was appointed Principal of St John's College, Durham, a notable appointment because this made her both the first lay person and the first woman to be principal of a Church of England college, Cranmer Hall (part of St. John's), that trains clergy, who were in those days only male.
She was a member of the Church of England's Crown Appointments Commission that recommends future appointments of the Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1992 she was awarded a Lambeth Doctor of Divinity degree.
Her many books include:
- Unafraid to be: A Christian Study of Contemporary English Writing. IVP. 1969. ISBN 978-0851103440.
- George Herbert (Poets & Prophets). Lion. 1998. ISBN 978-0745913865.
- Robert Browning (Poets & Prophets). Lion. 1988. ISBN 978-0745912837.
- A Reading of the Parables of Jesus. Darton, Longman and Todd. 1198. ISBN 978-0232521894.
- Safer Than a Known Way. SPCK. 2006. ISBN 978-0281057856.
- Tallentire, Mark. "Tributes to college principal Dr Ruth Etchells". Northern Echo. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- Masson, Margaret (2010). "Ruth Etchells: Chancellor's Medal" (PDF). University of Durham. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
- "Dr Ruth Etchells". The Daily Telegraph. London. 12 September 2012.
- Gillian Boughton (27 August 2012). "Ruth Etchells obituary | World news | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
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