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Barbara Ruth Luftman


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Barbara Ruth Luftman Obituary
July 20, 1935 - July 8, 2017 Barbara Ruth Luftman, RN, MPH, lived her life to the fullest, providing love and support to all those who knew her. Barbara was born in Patterson, New Jersey, to Minnie and Morris Kleiman. The family lived above her father's candy store in NJ, and perhaps this is why Barbara always saw the sweetness in life and the goodness in people. She had a passion to help others, leading her to pursue nursing. After graduating from the Albert Einstein Medical Center, School of Nursing, in Philadelphia, PA, Barbara moved to Los Angeles and met the love of her life, Alvin H. Luftman, MD. Barbara and Alvin raised their two children, Debra and Steven, with the same love that permeated everything they did throughout their lives. Education was Barbara's passion and she went on to earn a Master's degree in public health at Cal State Northridge. For over 20 years, Barbara was a regional director for the prevention of Tay-Sachs disease in Southern California, providing education and genetic counseling for couples at risk for this deadly disease. Barbara never stopped learning and never wavered in her pursuit of knowledge. The doctors and the nurses at Tarzana Regional Medical Center knew Barbara as a fixture at the noontime lecture series. Barbara was a loving mother to Debra Luftman, MD (Harlan Gibbs, MD) and Steven Luftman (Karen Smalley), grandmother to Jessica and Spencer Gibbs, loving sister to recently departed Renee Symans, all her nieces and nephews, and sister-in-law, Edith Swerdlow. And like the candy store of her childhood, Barbara's sweetness and love for life will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held 11:30 am, Tuesday, July 11th at Mount Sinai, Hollywood Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association 2001 Beacon Street, Suite 204 Boston, MA, 02135 (617) 277-4463, ntsad.org
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 10 to July 11, 2017
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