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Rita Arditti Rita Arditti CAMBRIDGE Rita Arditti died December 25, 2009 after living with metastatic breast cancer for over 30 years. She was 75. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she earned her doctorate in biology at the University of Rome and did lab science for 15 years in Naples, at Brandeis University, and at Harvard Medical School. She then became a university professor, first at Boston University and for the last 30 years of her career at The Union Institute and University working with doctoral learners. A long-term activist, she co-founded New Words Bookstore, the Womens Community Cancer Project, and Science for the People. She co-edited Test Tube Women: What Future for Motherhood, about the new reproductive technologies, and Science and Liberation, about politics and science. Deeply upset by the dictatorship that ruled Argentina in the late 1970s and early 80s, she got involved in the Argentine human rights movement and ultimately studied in-depth the work of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo as they searched for their missing grandchildren. Searching for Life: The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the Disappeared Children of Argentina (U California Press, 1999) emerged from that work. One of her favorite sayings came from the human rights movement in Argentina: La nica lucha que se pierde es la que se abandona. The only struggle that is lost is the one that is abandoned. Always excited by new learning, Rita dove into U.S. history in recent years. She suggested that every new immigrant be given a copy of All On Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery by Henry Mayer. She leaves many loved ones including her life partner of 29 years, Estelle Disch of Cambridge; her son Federico Muchnik of Watertown; her daughter-in-law Naima Benali of Cambridge; her granddaughter Layla Muchnik Benali of Cambridge; her sisters Alicia Arditti and Edith Benveniste of Buenos Aires; her brother-in-law Robert Disch of New York City; and her sister-in-law Sylvia Scofield of New York City. Donations in Rita's memory will be welcomed by Breast Cancer Action, 55 New Montgomery St. Suite 323, San Francisco, CA 94105 (www.bcaction.org) or the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, P.O. Box 1449, New York, NY 10159 (www.mbcnetwork.org). For online guestbook, visit www.casperfuneralservices.com.

Published in The Cambridge Chronicle from Jan. 5 to Jan. 12, 2010
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