BRODSKY, Ruth W. Ruth W. Brodsky, 98, passed away at home in Houston on Sunday, January 6, 2019. She was a gracious lady and devoted to her family, her many friends, and to the wider Houston community. She worked over many decades to improve the lives of Houston's children, beginning with Citizens for Good Schools in the 1950s. Her leadership at the Houston JCC led to the innovations of before-school, after-school, and infant day care in support of working parents. She had a second career as a lay psychotherapist at the Texas Institute for Family Psychiatry, harnessing her intellect, insight, and profound empathy for her patients. Her focus on others drove her choices of career and causes. She served multiple organizations, including the United Way, SEARCH, the Houston Symphony, Initiatives for Children, Childbuilders, the JCC Association of North America, and the Dean's Council of the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Houston. Ruth worked in the Walla Walla, Washington Police Dept. during World War II, while her husband, Alexander Brodsky MD, served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps hospital nearby. She received the JCC's David H. White Memorial Award for community service and personal integrity in 1986. She and her husband received the Max H. Nathan Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee in 1989. Ruth attracted countless friends and admirers of every age because she was a listener par excellence, who saw the good in people. She was a woman of wise counsel, with a great sense of humor; a mentor to many, and an exemplar to all of a good and ethical life. She is predeceased by her husband, Dr. Alexander Brodsky and her son-in-law, Brad Gaber. She is survived by her children: Donald Brodsky and wife Joanne, and Ellen Gaber , of Houston; Dr. James Brodsky and wife, Dr. Cynthia Schneidler, of Dallas; and eight grandchildren. Contributions in Ruth's memory may be made to the Clergy's Good Works Fund at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Road, Dallas 75225; or to the Ruth Brodsky Professional Training Fund at the Houston JCC, 5601 South Braeswood, Houston, Texas 77056.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 10, 2019.