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Ruth Stander, National Library of Medicine employee

Ruth Stander, 87, who translated scientific articles in Russian and German into English and then summarized them for a National Library of Medicine publication, died June 6 at her home in Boynton Beach, Fla. She had pneumonia.

Mrs. Stander worked at the National Library of Medicine, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, for more than 20 years before retiring in 1991.

Ruth Schlessinger was born near Stuttgart, Germany, to a Jewish family. In the late 1930s, she and two younger siblings were among thousands of Jewish children evacuated to England on Kindertransport trains.

Her parents soon joined them, and they settled in New York by the early 1940s. She became a U.S. citizen as a young woman and graduated with a chemistry degree from Hunter College in New York.

She settled in the Washington area in the late 1940s and was a homemaker for many decades. Her memberships included Hadassah, the volunteer Jewish women’s organization.

She had a winter home in Boynton Beach for many years and moved there full time this year from Silver Spring.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Maxwell Stander of Boynton Beach; three children, David Stander of Potomac, Kevin Stander of Pikesville, Md., and Lenora Dernoga of Laurel; and six grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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