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December 26, 1920 - May 16, 2017 Hailing from Chicago, Stan and Ruth, his wife, were lovers for life. Ruth grew up in Winnetka, IL, and after a year at Stanford and 2 years at Northwestern University, she graduated from University of Arizona following her new husband to his wartime job. Stanford grew up on the north shore of Chicago and graduated Harvard University. Married February 20, 1943 the couple left Chicago to settle for the duration of WW II in Tuscon, AZ, where Stanford worked at Convair. At the end of the war, expecting their first child, they moved to West Los Angeles, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Stanford designed and manufactured wrought iron furniture for 7 years and then became a Systems Analyst, owning his own consulting company and teaching Systems Analysis at UCLA. Ruth earned her masters' degree in English at UCLA and taught at various locations including Cal State Northridge. Stanford enjoyed collecting art, working out at the YMCA and writing. Ruth enjoyed needlepoint, tutoring reading at the LA Public Library & walks. After retiring they traveled all over the world but especially loved their trips to Japan where they traveled with Japanese friends. They lived life exactly as they wished and had the privilege of a long, happy life together. The couple is survived by their three daughters Susan (married to Robert, son Jason), Pat (married to Tyler, son Woody, daughter Julie), and Bonnie (married to Jim, sons Barry and Jeffrey).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2017
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