Ruth Cornfield, a teacher for more than 20 years in Fairfax County elementary schools, died Jan. 13 at her home in Great Falls. She was 98 and had Alzheimer’s disease.
Mrs. Cornfield taught at Great Falls and Franklin Sherman schools before retiring in the late 1970s from Chesterbrook Elementary.
She had also worked for the Census Bureau and contributed to the design and construction of her family’s home on 28 acres in Great Falls.
Born in Los Angeles, Ruth June Bittler was the first woman in her family to attend college. She graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1933.
After college, she crossed the country to study at Columbia University. Before finishing a graduate degree, she moved south to Washington, where she had landed a job with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. She later received a master’s degree in education from GeorgeWashington University.
Mrs. Cornfield enjoyed creating art, particularly abstract paintings.
Her husband of 42 years, Jerome Cornfield, died in 1979.
Survivors include two daughters, Ann Cornfield of Nederland, Colo., and Ellen Cornfield of New York City; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.