In memory of
Ruth Leonie (Pankopf) Lubow
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In memory of
Ruth Leonie (Pankopf) Lubow
Ruth Leonie (Pankopf) Lubow Centenarian Ruth Leonie (Pankopf) Lubow, born in Jersey City, New Jersey on November 11, 1919, passed away from natural causes on March 5, 2021, at the age of 101, lovingly supported by family. Ruth and her younger sister, Elaine Emma Pankopf Cummings, daughters of Walter Pankopf, an accountant and Vice President at Crum & Forster Insurance, and Lucy (Diehm) Pankopf, lived with their parents into young adulthood in Rutherford, N.J. Ruth was an exceptional student, skipping grades to complete high school and start college at age 16. In 1940, she graduated from New Jersey College for Women (a.k.a. Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University) with a major in Chemistry, minor in Psychology, and interest in French, at a time when few women attended college. She worked as a chemist briefly at Dupont and then for nearly a decade at Hoffman-LaRoche, researching vitamins. In 1951, she went back to school for a Master of Social Work at the University of Chicago, graduating in 1953. She then moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., where she briefly took a job for Travelers' Aid Society and thereafter served as a social worker for Family and Children's Services. Ruth met her future husband, Martin Lubow, at the First Unitarian Church in Pittsburgh, where they were married in July 1955. She continued as a professional social worker until giving birth to her first child in 1957. She was a devoted, loving mother of two children, and took care of Martin, their household, and finances. In the 1960's, she also volunteered for a variety of causes and projects, including raising funds for The United Fund and Pittsburgh Symphony, and to establish the Monroeville, Pa., library. She served on the board of The Monroeville YWCA, helped establish a community kindergarten as a member of the American Association of University Women, was active in local politics, and was a member of the League of Women Voters. In the 1980's, she enjoyed volunteering at the Bryn Mawr-Vassar bookstore in Pittsburgh. Ruth and Martin moved near their son in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1999. In 2004, they divorced amicably and lived separately in Fort Collins for the rest of their lives. A devoted intellectual, interested in nearly any subject, Ruth read widely on topics ranging from the arts to science, and from human behavior, philosophy, and religion to history and modern culture. She and Martin also travelled through Europe, Asia, and North America, enjoying both the culture of cities and the beauty of nature. Although she never considered herself a writer, she documented thoughts and feelings about what she read and experienced in numerous private journals throughout her entire life. Her mind remained sharp and curious until the end. Always fiercely independent, she lived the last 17 years in her own Fort Collins walk-up apartment, with key support from her children and some in-home care in later years. Ruth is survived by her son, Bruce C. Lubow, her daughter, Cynthia W. Lubow, and four grandchildren: Amanda V.P. Lubow, Benjamin W. Lubow, Luke H. Lubow, and Daniel W. Hibbard-Lubow.
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In memory of
Ruth Leonie (Pankopf) Lubow
Ruth Leonie (Pankopf) Lubow Centenarian Ruth Leonie (Pankopf) Lubow, born in Jersey City, New Jersey on November 11, 1919, passed away from natural causes on March 5, 2021, at the age of 101, lovingly supported by family. Ruth and her younger sister, Elaine Emma Pankopf Cummings, daughters of Walter Pankopf, an accountant and Vice President at Crum & Forster Insurance, and Lucy (Diehm) Pankopf, lived with their parents into young adulthood in Rutherford, N.J. Ruth was an exceptional student, skipping grades to complete high school and start college at age 16. In 1940, she graduated from New Jersey College for Women (a.k.a. Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University) with a major in Chemistry, minor in Psychology, and interest in French, at a time when few women attended college. She worked as a chemist briefly at Dupont and then for nearly a decade at Hoffman-LaRoche, researching vitamins. In 1951, she went back to school for a Master of Social Work at the University of Chicago, graduating in 1953. She then moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., where she briefly took a job for Travelers' Aid Society and thereafter served as a social worker for Family and Children's Services. Ruth met her future husband, Martin Lubow, at the First Unitarian Church in Pittsburgh, where they were married in July 1955. She continued as a professional social worker until giving birth to her first child in 1957. She was a devoted, loving mother of two children, and took care of Martin, their household, and finances. In the 1960's, she also volunteered for a variety of causes and projects, including raising funds for The United Fund and Pittsburgh Symphony, and to establish the Monroeville, Pa., library. She served on the board of The Monroeville YWCA, helped establish a community kindergarten as a member of the American Association of University Women, was active in local politics, and was a member of the League of Women Voters. In the 1980's, she enjoyed volunteering at the Bryn Mawr-Vassar bookstore in Pittsburgh. Ruth and Martin moved near their son in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1999. In 2004, they divorced amicably and lived separately in Fort Collins for the rest of their lives. A devoted intellectual, interested in nearly any subject, Ruth read widely on topics ranging from the arts to science, and from human behavior, philosophy, and religion to history and modern culture. She and Martin also travelled through Europe, Asia, and North America, enjoying both the culture of cities and the beauty of nature. Although she never considered herself a writer, she documented thoughts and feelings about what she read and experienced in numerous private journals throughout her entire life. Her mind remained sharp and curious until the end. Always fiercely independent, she lived the last 17 years in her own Fort Collins walk-up apartment, with key support from her children and some in-home care in later years. Ruth is survived by her son, Bruce C. Lubow, her daughter, Cynthia W. Lubow, and four grandchildren: Amanda V.P. Lubow, Benjamin W. Lubow, Luke H. Lubow, and Daniel W. Hibbard-Lubow.
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