Howard Eugene Ruskie, died Oct. 18, 2012, in Hagerstown after a life filled with the joy of learning, imagining, and working with all.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown, 13245 Cearfoss Pike. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown.
Born July 26, 1935, in Jersey City, N.J., to Sophia and Eugene Ruskie, Howard was a brilliant man, who earned his undergraduate degree at Fordham University and his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Maryland. Howard also had a gift for languages: French, German, Russian, Chinese, Latin and Greek. He was a civilian scientist with the U.S. Navy, with two long-term tours in Germany. He also started a business providing tax assistance to Americans living overseas.
Howard enjoyed teaching including training adult Boy Scout leaders; reading, especially science fiction, history and philosophy; hiking, cooking, discussions and humor.
After a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, Lewy Body Dementia and Vascular Dementia, Howard slowly moved from the brilliant scientist to a quiet saddened man recognizing that he often experienced delusions.
Howard is survived by his wife, Dolores (Dodie), whom he married in 1982; three children, Michael, Stasia and Andrea; four grandchildren, Kelley, Erica, Alexander and Matthew; one great-grandson, Aiden, born just a week before Howard's death; two sisters, Patricia and Maureen; and a brother, Mark.