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Ruth Reznikoff Obituary (1917 – 2022) – San Francisco, CA

Ruth passed away peacefully at the age of 104. Daughter of Abe and Anna Shear, she was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. Ruth’s long and rich life spanned 11 decades and two pandemics. She attributed her long and healthy life to her genetics, saying, “I picked the right parents!”

They fostered her love of learning early, introducing her to the nearby library and letting her take home as many books as she could carry. She graduated from University High in St. Louis, and received a BS in Science from University of Missouri (where she also met her future husband, Simon Reznikoff). She chose a career in Dietetics-pursuing her interest in biology, chemistry, and good food. Ruth worked as a Registered Dietitian at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, and at the Heart Association after the family moved to San Diego. In the early 60’s, Ruth developed a newspaper and radio program, “Dial-A-Dietitian,” helping people modify their recipes to reduce cholesterol. She inspired San Diego-based Jack in the Box to include salads as a healthy menu option-now common at all fast-food restaurants.

In San Diego, Si and Ruth nurtured the growth of the cultural and intellectual life of the city, hosting book clubs, musical evenings and dinner groups, as well as taking leadership roles at Temple Beth Israel, the Jewish Community Center, and the San Diego Symphony. After Si died in 1980, Ruth exhibited her legendary resiliency and continued to enjoy life. She married Seymour Kremen of Coronado and together they traveled extensively.

In 2013, at the age of 96, she became the oldest “new” resident at San Francisco Towers, a retirement community. She loved her active life at the Towers and made many new friends who were inspired by her unquenchable thirst for knowledge. True to her life-long passion for science, her final wish was to donate her brain to research to advance the study of healthy aging.

Ruth outlived her parents and younger siblings Sidney and Maxine. She will be missed by her daughters Carolyn Reznikoff (David Porter). June Reznikoff (David Simon) and Laura Olson (Stephen Olson); granddaughters Erika Zarco (Travis Higginson), Sasha Porter (Pyxie Star) and Charlotte Simon; Nieces Claudia Bernard (Howard Herman) and Nancy Bernard.

Memorial services were held in March.

Donations may be made to her favorite non-profits: San Diego Symphony and San Diego Art Museum; Pocket Opera and Sherith Israel in SF, and the Brain Bank at UCLA.

Published by Legacy Remembers on Jun. 25, 2022.

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