ELINOR F. RATNER

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RATNER--Elinor Frances Goodfriend, died peacefully in her home in New York on May 15, 2014, aged 94. She was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and received her Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College in 1944. Shortly after her graduation she moved to Washington, DC., where she worked in the Office of War Information. Later she worked for the State Department in New York. Elinor Ratner had a lifetime commitment to social and civil projects. She was a passionate advocate for child welfare programs, principally with Day Care and Head Start in the Bronx. She was Vice President and Trustee of the Educational Alliance, a Co-Founder, former Secretary and Vice President and Board Member of Leake & Watts Children's Services and a co-founder and Board Member of the GO Project. She was an adviser to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and a founder of the Village Temple as well as a tireless supporter of the Temple's Soup Kitchen. In 1944 she married Robert S. Ratner (1918 1980) and after the war they moved to an apartment on lower Fifth Avenue where she continued to live until her death. She is survived by her two sons, Peter and David Ratner, her daughters-in-law Carol Walters and Dr. Laura Schiller and her beloved grandchildren, Molly, Sophie, Sacha, Suzanne, Erin, Simon and Frances and her great-grandchildren, Ezra, Lilith and Elinor. She held so many in her warm embrace and will be dearly missed. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 11:45 at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the GO Project or the Educational Alliance.

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Published in The New York Times on May 16, 2014
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