I agree that there is not too much information on the Internet about
Ruth Chew. She seems to have been a favorite author of many
youngsters, especially in the 1970s and 1980s, but achieved only
limited popularity with the public at large. I hope that this answer
adds to what you have been able to discover.
She was born in Minneapolis in 1920, grew up in Washington, D.C.
worked as a fashion artist, is the mother of five and the grandmother
of three and lives in Brooklyn, NY with her lawyer husband. As far as
I have able to determine, both she and her husband are still living.
A little more detail can be found in the biographical sketch at this
Villamaria Academy Library: Ruth Chew
The birth date I cited is found at the following link (about halfway
down, in alphabetical order):
Magic Dragon: Science Fiction Authors: "C"
Ms. Rowe has written many fantasy books, most, if not all, of which
are out of print. Used copies of 29 of her books are listed as
available from various booksellers at http:/www.alibris.com . Here is
a link to the relevant page on that site:
Various newsgroups have had threads devoted to Ruth Chew. Here is the
link to the results of a Google Groups search:
Amazon.com's listing of books by Ruth Chew:
Google Search Terms Used:
"Ruth Chew" author
"Ruth Chew is"
"Ruth Chew was"
"Ruth Chew" born
I hope this helps. If any of the above needs clarification, just let