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Zelda Marblestone Druce

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Zelda Marblestone Druce AlbanyZelda Druce, 92, passed away on November 10, 2012 surrounded by her loving family and caregiver, Kemm Cameron, in her home in Albany, NY. She earned a BS in mathematics with a minor in physics from Hunter College and a MA in mathematics from Brooklyn College. She worked as a professional assistant in mathematics with the US Signal Corps. From there she went to Bell Telephone Laboratories as a mathematical research assisant, performing the mathematical work involved in the development of ultra-high frequencey radar tubes. She was the research assistant to physics Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Polykarp Kusch. Zelda married and stayed home for 14 years to raise her children. At that time she was active in the PTA and community tutoring children in math. She became a full-time teacher at Samuel J. Tilden H.S., Brooklyn, NY then taught math at NYC College of Technology until she was 88 years old. Zelda was also passionate about politics and social justice issues. In particular, she was a civil liberties advocate and fought for racial equality and other equal rights issues. Zelda was the loving wife of the late Sylvan Druce. She was the devoted sister of the late Beatrice Rifkin, Bernard Marblestone and Ansel Marblestone; and sister-in-law of the late Anita (Howard) Schaeffer. Zelda is survived by her three loving children, Helen (Peter) Requa, Susan (Peter) Druce Kopcha, and Robert Druce; two adoring granddaughters, Rachel Hill and Erica (Joseph) Hill; and two great-grandchildren, Holly and Donovan. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews. She also is survived by her devoted caregivers, Amanda Morehouse, Kemm Cameron, Jayne Mackiewicz, Beata Skladzinska, Deb Atwell, Robin O'Brien, Kim Conrad, and Amy Sifflet. Zelda will be sorely missed by all as she was a remarkable, compassionate, intelligent, forthright, progressive liberal woman who went through life with vigor, passion and ideals. A memorial service will be held at Congregation Gates of Heaven Synagogue on Tues., November 20, 2012 at 1 p.m. Donations in Zelda's name may be made to the Religious School at Congregation Gates of Heaven Synagogue.

Published in The Daily Gazette on Nov. 17, 2012
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