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Ruth Marie Kamena

Ruth M. Kamena of San Francisco passed away March 2, 2013, after a brief illness.

Ruth Kamena was a pioneer. She grew up in Minnesota during the Great Depression, and attended Stanford University on scholarship, where she majored in physics and graduated with distinction in 1951.

Ruth began her career in the new field of programming in the early 1950s,. Ruth soon moved to programming in the private sector, where she was coding and teaching Univac II before joining Electronic Data Systems (EDS).

Ruth was one of the company's leading systems engineers. She created and maintained systems-wide software and provided instruction and leadership to others. She successfully helped promote the idea that career ladders at the company should have both management and systems engineering tracks, thus providing extended career opportunity in the systems arena. Ruth enjoyed a long and successful career at EDS.

Ruth Kamena loved her home in San Francisco, her view of the Bay, reading, and long walks. She loved books and volunteered at the San Francisco Public Library. She was also a patron of the arts and sciences, loved the theater, and volunteered at the California Academy of Sciences.

Outside of her family, Ruth Kamena had two great loves: Stanford University and Yosemite National Park. Stanford was her heart, and Yosemite was her soul.

Ruth Kamena was pre-deceased by her husband John G. "Jack" Kamena, and her sister, Kathy Fritch, of Durango, CO. She is survived by her daughter, Bobbi Collins, son-in-law, Michael, and grandchildren, Patrick and Carol Collins, of Annapolis, MD; her sister, Mary Fry of Minneapolis, MN; and numerous family and friends.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 10, 2013
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