Beth Ashley

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Beth Ashley
Beth Ashley at her 90th birthday
Beth Ashley at her 90th birthday
OccupationColumnist, author
ResidenceGreenbrae, California
NationalityUnited States
Alma materStanford University
SpouseRoland Fellows

Beth Ashley (born 1926) is an American author and columnist. She has written for the Marin Independent Journal for over 60 years. In remarks before the United States House of Representatives, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey stated "Beth Ashley's work has expressed the heart and soul of Marin County."[1]

Early years[edit]

Beth Ashley was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her father was an investment banker, who moved Ashley and her family to Belvedere, California in order to assist in running a shipyard in Marin County in August 1941. She was enrolled in Tamalpais High School in 1942 and 1943.[2]

Ashley is an alumnus of Stanford University, where she was the editor of the campus newspaper, the Stanford Daily, and graduated with a major in journalism in 1946.


She moved to Paris, and later worked for a magazine, and for the United States Department of State as a public affairs officer in Germany in 1949. She joined the staff of the Marin Independent Journal in 1951, and has written over 1200 columns for the newspaper.[3][4]

Ashley has not only focused her writing on life in Marin County, but also on her wide-ranging travels outside the USA, including Afghanistan, Russia, and Iran.[1]

She is the subject of a tribute by Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey placed in the Congressional Record. Woolsey praised Ashley’s “passionate and thoughtful writing that has made her a community institution.”[1]


Ashley is the author of two books, one being a compilation of her columns for the Marin IJ titled Since You Asked, the name of her long-running column.[5] A book on Marin County titled Marin, with photos by Hal Lauritzen, was released in 1993.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She has raised five sons, from two marriages, and has lived in Greenbrae, California since 1959.[7] She married retired IBM engineer Roland Fellows in 2009.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Congressional Record". Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  2. ^ "History / Beth Ashley Remembers". Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Beth Ashley and Rowland Fellows". The New York Times. 13 September 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Beth Ashley - Marin Magazine - July 2009 - Marin County, California". Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Beth Ashley - Since You Asked (Corte Madera)". Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  6. ^ " Beth Ashley: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Children, the most cherished part of life". Retrieved 24 December 2017.