Ruth B. St. John

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Died October 17, 2011 at The Forest at Duke, Durham, NC from complications of Alzheimer's disease. Ruth was born September 13, 1918, in Charleston, WV, to Sam and Julia Bass. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Judith Ann Buff, her husband, Robert St. John, two brothers, Irvin Bass and David Bass. Ruth graduated from The Ohio State University in 1940 and married her first husband, Dr. I.E. Buff in 1941. She lived in Charleston, WV, until 1965 when she married her second husband, author and journalist, Robert St. John. Ruth and Robert lived in the Washington, DC area. They entertained with relish, and Ruth enjoyed doing all of the cooking for their many dinner parties. They also traveled extensively. Ruth loved her life with Robert until he died at age 100 in 2003. A short time later, Ruth moved to Durham, NC, to be close to her daughter. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Dolly Buff Bromberg (Steven), Durham, NC; her sister, Charlotte Bedwinek, Palm Beach, FL; granddaughter, Wendy Bromberg Radtke (Stephen), Shanghai, China; and great-grandson, Caleb Jonathan Radtke. Services private. Donations may be made to: The Forest at Duke Employee Education Fund, 2701 Pickett Rd., Durham, NC 27705.

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 23, 2011
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