I was born Gaylan Rutledge, and have lived in Dartmouth most of my life.
The Rutledge family came to Nova Scotia from the England/Scotland Border Country and settled in Sheet Harbour, where many of my relatives still live.
On my maternal side some of the families are Little, Wood, Hatfield, and VanNorden, from Tusket; originally from Ireland, England, and Holland.
I am a Dalhousie graduate, BA 1954 with Honours in English, MLS 1972. I worked for a few years with the Public Archives of NS, when it was still on the Dal campus, latterly I was Regional Librarian, Maritimes, with the Coast Guard in Dartmouth. My job was largely on-line information retrieval, CAN/OLE, Dialog, QL, etc., and lots of e-mail with other libraries and librarians.
I have four sons, Robert, Jonathan, David, and Duncan. Jonathan is a Dalhousie computer science graduate, and David is a graduate of British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Duncan is a computer programmer with the federal government in Ottawa. Robert, the eldest, and David both have multiple sclerosis. (David passed away October 13, 2009)
Since the early 1970's I have had multiple sclerosis, commonly known by its initials, MS. It did not interfere with my bringing up children or in my working career, but since it is chronic progressive, I have slowly become worse. If there are any other MSers reading this, I would enjoy hearing from you. (Gaylan passed away on March 10, 2005)
Books have always been a passion of mine; I even like the smell of one newly published. I participate in the Adult Book Discussion Group sponsored by the Halifax Regional Library system. Also I have been pleased to contribute my time as a judge for the Dartmouth Book and Writing Awards. Other entertainment interests are the performing arts, especially plays and musical theatre. I like Neptune, the Cohn, and trips to Toronto and elsewhere.
My husband, Alex Ritchie, M.Eng., P.Eng., is a retired Professor of Civil Engineering from TUNS (now DalTech); he is known locally, throughout the Maritimes, and beyond as a participant and instructor in Square and Round Dance. His great-grandparents were Thomas Ritchie and Martha Gaston and he has many Ritchie relatives in Dartmouth and elsewhere.