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Boston, MA: Ralph Churchill Reynolds, age 84, suddenly, at Boston's Massachusetts General Hosp July 12, 2013 from complications of a stroke suffered while on annual family vacation in Martha's Vineyard. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Katherine (Humphrey) Reynolds; his children, Karen French Reynolds (Roland Jacinto Garcia) Newtown Square, PA & John Churchill Reynolds Los Angeles; grandson, Jeremy Roland Garcia Newtown Square, & East Coast and West Coast nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, George French Reynolds of Saranac Lake, NY. Growing up in Howard Beach, NY, Ralph attended Brooklyn Technical High School, CCNY, served in the Army at Fort Bliss, El Paso, TX, and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a biochemical toxicologist, devoting his entire career to Eastman Kodak in the Health, Safety & Environment division in Roch, NY.
Once in retirement, he was able to pursue his other passions, which included, serving as President of the Rochester Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State from 1998-2008; studying personal heroes Thomas Jefferson & Robert Green Ingersoll; memberships in the Council for Secular Humanism, The Center for Inquiry, ACLU, Secular Humanists of Rochester Area, MCPEARL (Monroe Citizens for Public Education & Religious Liberty), Planned Parenthood, and a 55-year member of the American Chemical Society.
In 2002, Ralph received from the Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union the Equality and Justice Award ~ for exceptional service to the Rochester Area Community, in working for a just society and a community of equals.
He, also, equally pursued his love of puttering in his workshop, and traveling the world with Katherine. They had extensive travels to Africa, South America, Europe, the Caribbean, Canada, and the USA. He will always be remembered for his keen sense of humor and wit.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. To share a memory or send the family a condolence, please visit: www.keefefuneralhome.com
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on July 29, 2013