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Ruth Reynolds Straatsma


1928 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Ruth Reynolds Straatsma Obituary
July 17, 1928 - January 21, 2016
Ruth Reynolds Straatsma passed away at her home after an extended illness on January 21, 2016. Daughter of Fletcher and Edna Campbell, Ruth was born in Plymouth, Michigan on July 17, 1928, attended the University of Michigan and received the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees before her marriage to Dr. Bradley R. Straatsma in 1951. In 1959, after completion of her husband's postgraduate medical training and military service, she moved to Los Angeles where Dr. Straatsma commenced appointment as Chief, Division of Ophthalmology, at UCLA School of Medicine. Devoted to family and community, Ruth was an accomplished musician, sculptress and artist who enjoyed swimming and scuba while serving in a range of positions that included President of the UCLA Medical Faculty Wives, President of Westlake School Parents Association, President of the Bel Air Skycrest Homeowners Association, and Co-Founder and President of UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute Affiliates. Reflecting her love of music, Ruth was Director of the Children's Choir at Bel Air Presbyterian Church for 15 years and a long-term advocate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic "Symphonies for Youth", a music appreciation program for elementary and junior high school students throughout Los Angeles. Committed to the orchestra, she served as President of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Committee and President of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Encore, the organization composed of Past Presidents of the Philharmonic support groups. A warm and caring person, Ruth was ardently loved by family and many friends. She is survived by her devoted husband Bradley, two daughters Cary Straatsma Ewing (Sam) and Greer Ruth Straatsma, her son B. Derek Straatsma and two grandchildren Cavan Straatsma Ewing and Carlin Daly Ewing. Ruth added joy and wisdom to our lives and will remain in our hearts forever.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 3 to Feb. 14, 2016
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