Ruth (Pauly) Kort

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Ruth (Pauly) Kort, 85, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and formerly a longtime resident of Storrs, beloved wife of 58 years to the late Fred Kort (2004), died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2012, at her home.

Born in Darmstadt, Germany, she immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 10. Her father, Theodore Pauly, recognized early the implications of the Nazi party's rise to power and arranged for the family to move to the United States. Her early years in the U.S. represented the struggles of new immigrants, but Ruth went on to thrive in her new home. Ruth met her husband, Fred, in Chicago and they built a wonderful life together. As young students together, Ruth studied chemistry, while Fred earned a Ph.D., and ultimately was a professor of political science at UConn for 40 years. They lived a full life centered on family, scholarly pursuits, classical music, and a daily swim. The last word Ruth uttered was "piano" while listening to a sonata by Mozart. She was known to her grandchildren as "Oma," and was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and very devoted to and proud of her family. She will be remembered for her warmth, her smile, and her witty, often unexpected, one liners.

She is survived by her two children, Edith and Jim, and their spouses; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at 2 p.m. at B'nai Israel Cemetery, Edith Road, Vernon.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Fred & Ruth Kort Young Scholar Fund at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Attn: Director of Development, 855 N. Wolf St., Rangos 554, Baltimore, MD 21205.

Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home in Vernon is caring for the arrangements.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Oct. 23 to Oct. 27, 2012
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