Montgomery, Ruth (Schick)
Award-winning journalist with special interest in psychic
healing, channeling, and extrasensory perception. She was
born in Sumner, Illinois, educated at Baylor University
(1930–35) and Purdue University (1934). She married Robert
H. Montgomery on December 26, 1935. She began a career in
journalism as women’s editor for the Louisville Herald-Post,
Kentucky. She later worked as a feature writer for the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch and the Indianapolis Star and as a reporter with the
Detroit News, Detroit Times, Waco News-Tribune, Chicago Tribune,
and the New York Daily News. She moved to Washington, D.C.,
in 1944 and served as a correspondent for the International
News Service through the 1950s, frequently traveling around
the world as a foreign correspondent. She won the Pall Mall
Journalism Award (1947), the Front Page Award from the Indianapolis
Press Club (1957), and the George R. Holmes Journalism
Award (1958).
In 1958, she became interested in psychic phenomena after
writing a series of articles on the occult. Although at first skeptical,
she continued her research. She met medium Arthur
Ford, who told her that she had the ability to do automatic
writing, and has since been influenced by what she calls ‘‘my
guides,’’ discarnate spirits that have assisted her writings on
such subjects as psychic healing, reincarnation, and psychic
faculties. She broke into the spotlight with her biographical
presentation of Washington psychic Jeane Dixon in A Gift of
Prophecy (1965), which the following year won the Best NonFiction
Book of the Year Award from Indiana University.
Following the death of Arthur Ford in 1971, Montgomery
came forward with a volume of communications, A World Beyond,
which she claimed originated in her contact with his spirit.
She built a following in the emerging New Age movement
and in her 1979 volume Strangers Among Us presented the idea
of walk-ins, people who had died but whose bodies had been
immediately taken over and life continued by returning spirits.
People claiming to be such walk-ins have now emerged as leaders
of various New Age groups. In the 1980s she became a popular
spokesperson within the New Age movement and an advocate
of a more apocalyptic understanding of society’s moving
into the New Age through a cataclysmic event, accompanying
a pole shift, at the end of the 1990s. In 1986 she released her
autobiography, Ruth Montgomery Herald of the New Age.
Melton, J. Gordon, Jerome Clark, and Aidan Kelly. New Age
Encyclopedia. Detroit Gale Research, 1990.
Montgomery, Ruth. Born to Heal. New York Coward, McCann
& Geochegan, 1973.
———. Companions Along the Way. New York Coward, McCann
& Geochegan, 1974.
———. A Gift of Prophecy The Phenomenal Jeane Dixon. New
York William Morrow, 1965.
———. Here and Hereafter. New York Coward, McCann &
Geochegan, 1966.
———. A Search for the Truth. New York William Morrow,
———. Strangers Among Us. New York Coward, McCann &
Geochegan, 1979.
———. The World Before. New York Coward, McCann &
Geochegan, 1976.
———. A World Beyond. New York Coward, McCann & Geochegan,
———. The World to Come The Guide Long-Awaited Predictions
for a Dawning Age. New York Harmony Books, 1999.

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