Ruth Corn­field


The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Emma Brown

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.

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