SWIFT, CAROLYN RUTH Professor Emerita of English and Women's Studies at Rhode Island College, died November 17, 2013. She was 85 years old. She was the daughter of the late Max and Gertrude (Bovit) Swift and spouse of Edith A. Kur. She was a graduate of the University of Chicago, Columbia University, and received her doctorate from Brown University. Her teaching, writings and list of political activities is extensive. She is also survived by her sons Peter S. Lenz and his wife Carol, and Thomas M. Lenz; her step-children, Richard Gurspan and Deborah Petrarca, Nina Carmel, Paul Gurspan and Deb Korzec, and Pamela Ewings; and her grandchildren David Lenz, Meredith Lenz, and Ruby Carmel. The funeral service will be held Thursday, November 21st, at 10 AM in Temple Emanu-El with burial in Swan Point Cemetery. Shiva will be observed following interment. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of RI, 128 Dorrance St., Providence, RI 02903. For further details, information and condolences SugarmanSinai.com.
Published in The Providence Journal on Nov. 20, 2013