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HENDLIN--Ruth Maltz, a retired educator, died at home during the late morning of August 18th. A graveside service for family and friends was held on August 22nd at B'nai Abraham Memorial Park. Ruth attended The Julliard School of Music while a student at Newark's Weequahic High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from New York University, where she served as accompanist for The NYU Chorus as well as several chamber groups and soloists in New York City. Following graduation, she taught at the Lower East Side's Henry Street Settlement, The 18th Avenue School in Newark and earned additional certification for grades K-6 from Kean University. She was employed by the Springfield Board of Education, first at The Thelma L. Sandmeier School and then, for nearly two decades, as an award-winning kindergarten teacher at The James Caldwell School. Following her retirement, Ruth accompanied her husband to Tokyo during his four-year tenure as a liaison in Microbiology. While residing in Tokyo, Ruth was a volunteer tutor for The Children's English Circle, a language program sponsored by The College Women's Association of Japan, and became a student of oil painting, Japanese flower arranging and the Japanese tea ceremony. Locally, Ruth was a Girl Scout Leader, a volunteer English as a second language instructor and a member of Temple Sha'arey Shalom's Sisterhood and Renaissance Group, Women's ORT, The League of Women's Voters and The National Council of Jewish Women. Born in 1920 and married in 1944, Ruth shared her life with Dr. David Hendlin until his death in 2006. She is dearly missed by her daughters, Susan Mooallem and Harriet Hendlin; her sister, Eleanor Plotkin; her grandchildren, Rebecca Goldblat and Jonathan Mooallem and their spouses, Harris Goldblat and Wandee Pryor; and her four great-grandchildren, Sam, Isla, Davis and Rose.

Published in The New York Times on Sept. 8, 2013
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