Claudine Pilar Ruiz(1972 - 2014)

Claudine Pilar Ruiz, 41, passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2014, from complications related to cancer. She was born to Carmel Ruiz-Beall and the late Fernando Ruiz on August 29, 1972, in the District of Columbia.
Claudine graduated from Linganore High School in 1990, received a BA in International Studies from American University in 1994, a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2000, and was admitted to the State Bar of California later that year. Claudine worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the County of San Diego and was with the District Attorney's office for 14 years. In 2010, while carrying a full case load, she received a masters in law degree (LLM) from Chapman University. Claudine was a dedicated and outstanding trial lawyer, and many of the cases she handled were high profile and difficult. In 2012, Claudine was honored by the San Diego Deputy District Attorneys Association with an outstanding achievement award and by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors with a proclamation recognizing her outstanding contribution to public safety.
In addition to being a talented attorney, Claudine was a loving and caring person, and moved through life with dignity and grace. She loved spending time with her family and friends, reading, dancing, and tending to flowers.
Claudine is survived by her: husband, William J. Beckwith; two young sons, Liam and Owen Beckwith; mother and stepfather, Carmel Ruiz-Beall and Michael Beall; sisters, Genevieve Drazen and Camille Lumpkin; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Victoria Beckwith.
Services will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at 1:30pm at All Hallows Catholic Church in La Jolla.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation at:, click on the word "donate" on that webpage.
Published in La Jolla Light on Feb. 20, 2014