Sophie H. Rich, 95, a former vice president of the National Council of Senior Citizens who was honored for her work on behalf of the elderly, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville.
Born in Russia, Mrs. Rich came to the United States when she was 16 and worked as a seamstress in New York City. She was active in the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America for the rest of her life.
In the 1920s, Mrs. Rich moved to Washington, operated a tailor shop and later worked for the Woodward & Lothrop and Bond stores. She retired from Bond when she was 67.
As vice president of the National Council of Senior Citizens in the late 1960s, Mrs. Rich testified before congressional and presidential committees on behalf of the elderly. She worked for reduced transit fares for senior citizens and for other measures to assist the elderly.
Mrs. Rich was cited by former mayor Walter Washington for her work with the Greater Washington Area Senior Citizens Council and the Medicare Alert Program. She also was honored by the Senior Citizens Clearing House Committee of D.C. "for her foresight, perserverance and dedication in fulfilling the council's goals."
Her marriage to Joseph Rich ended in divorce. A daughter, Frances Kasofsky, died in 1967 and a son, William, died in 1975.
Survivors include a daughter, Annette, of Washington, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville.