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Ruth Harris(1921 – 2012)

Ruth Harris, 91 years old, died November 23, 2012, in La Jolla, CA. Following the advice of her remarkable mother, Ruth went to a University, pursued a profession, and saved her money for world travel.
She received a BA and MA from Northwestern University and a law degree from DePaul University. She began her over 30 year teaching career in Hana, Maui, when Hawaii was still a territory. She practiced law in Chicago, and was a guidance counselor in an inner city high school in Chicago.
During sabbaticals she travelled the world, went behind the Iron Curtain, the Mid East and Asia. Her many interests included opera, theater, ballet and movies. She was an avid tennis and bridge player. In 2005 she attained a Life Master Award in the American Contract Bridge League. She was a member of the Cinema Society, City Club, Brandeis, Planned Parenthood, the Ryford Center and Charter 100. Ruth and Benji, her adopted Bichon Frise, were regulars at the Capeheart Dog Park where they spent many happy hours with friends. Ruth captivated the other regulars with stories of adventure and her sharp wit. Ruth is off on her next adventure and Benji has a new home.
She is survived by her sister, Roberta Tugenberg; niece, Toni Tugenberg; nephew, Steve (Michelle) Tugenberg and their children, Kevin and Jamie.
Published in La Jolla Light on Jan. 10, 2013
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