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Ruth Rhodes Bub

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BENNINGTON -- Ruth Rhodes Bub, 83, of School Street, Bennington, and formerly of Rockland, Maine and Pittsburgh, Pa., died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003 at Crescent Manor Care Centers after a long illness.

She was the wife of Robert A. Bub of School Street, Bennington, to whom she was married for 58 years.

Born in Rockland, Maine, Ruth was the daughter of the late Frank and Hazel (Achorn) Rhodes. She had one sister, Mary, who died at age 2. Ruth attended schools in Rockland until her senior year, and graduated in 1938 from Newtonville High School in Massachusetts. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1942, earning a B.A. in English and an M.A. in chemistry.

Her Master’s thesis centered on issues surrounding the chemical synthesis of antibiotic penicillin, production of which at that time was limited by the necessity of growing the penicillin mold in the laboratory.

After their marriage in Hartford, Conn. in 1945, Ruth and Bob moved to Pittsburgh, Pa. where they lived for 35 years, raising three children.

When her children were all in school, Ruth returned to college, and received her physical sciences teaching certificate through Duquesne and Penn State Universities. She did her student teaching at Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh, an inner-city school. Her teaching mentor told her to report any discipline problems to him, and he would advise the student’s parents. However, she said that all her classes were attentive and respectful, a compliment to them as well as a sign of her teaching ability and classroom presence. Ruth spent many years substitute teaching at the high school level, but her most gratifying work was tutoring homebound students who were unable to attend regular classes.

At her death, Ruth was a member of Aldersgate Methodist Church in Rockland, Maine. She taught Sunday school in several churches for many years and became the mentor and confidante of her junior and senior high school students.

She also actively participated in church women’s groups, Bible study classes and couple’s clubs, and was a lay leader. She supported her sons and daughters in Boy and Girl Scouting, and was her daughter Mary’s senior Girl Scout troop co-leader, and continued as a leader for many years after Mary’s graduation.

For a number of years Ruth volunteered for Pittsburgh Contact, a telephone ministry program. She answered the phones, served on the board of directors, and was a senior advisor and trainer of new volunteers.

As a result of visiting shut-ins and talking to various troubled callers, she organized a daily call program for individuals who didn’t have anyone regularly checking on them.

After Ruth and Bob retired in 1980 and moved to Rockland, Maine, she continued as a church, Red Cross, Rotary and hospice volunteer. Because of all these service efforts over the years, the Rockland Rotary Club recognized Ruth as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2000.

Ruth is survived by her husband Robert Bub, son and daughter-in-law Frank and Susan Bub of Diamondhead, Miss., son and daughter -in-law Ray Bub and Susan Nykiel of Pownal and daughter and son-in-law Mary and Alan Meier of Bloomington, Ill. and by five granddaughters Kristen Bub, Kelsey and Linley Nykiel-Bub, Meghan Ross and Alison Meier.

There will be no calling hours. After cremation, a service of remembrance will take place in Rockland, Maine at a later date. Contributions may be made to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Mid-Coast Family Hospice or Mount Holyoke College in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3, 2004
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