In Memoriam: Vivien Ruth Spitz

The Houston Chronicle recently reported that Vivien Ruth Spitz, RMR, passed away earlier this month. Vivien was a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters of the National Court Reporters Association and was the Chief Reporter of Debates in the United States House of Representatives from 1972 to 1982. Vivien also reported the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials in Germany from 1946 to 1948. She was honored for this work, which she spoke about worldwide, as well as her continued efforts in Holocaust awareness and bioethics.

Note: Previous publications had Vivien’s name misspelled. This has been corrected where possible.

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A portrait of Vivien Spitz reporting the Nuremberg Trials which hangs in the NCRA headquarters. The portrait portrays Vivian with a steno machine, although she was a pen writer.

From left, Nuremberg Trials defendant German Navy Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz, unknown translator, Nuremberg trial Judge Michael Musmanno, and court reporter Vivian Spitz

From left, Nuremberg Trials defendant German Navy Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz, unknown translator, Nuremberg trial Judge Michael Musmanno, and court reporter Vivien Spitz