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Ruth Marcus Patt

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Ruth Marcus Patt, 95, of Princeton died Feb. 22, 2015. She was born and raised in New Brunswick and had lived in Monroe Township for several years before moving to Princeton in 2012.

Mrs. Patt worked as a psychiatric social worker with Marlboro Psychiatric State Hospital before joining her husband during his World War II service in the United States and overseas. 

A 1940 graduate of Douglass College, she earned a bachelor of arts in sociology. 

She was an active member of her synagogue, Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, where she served as president of the sisterhood and various boards. Involved with numerous philanthropic organizations, she was active with Hadassah and supporting the State of Israel since 1948. She was a board member for many years of the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

The founder and longtime president of Jewish Historical Society of Central New Jersey, she wrote four books and several pamphlets on the subject of Jewish life in New Jersey. 

Predeceased by her husband, Milton, in 1994, and her twin sister, Adelaide Zagoren, in 2014, she is survived by two sons, Richard A. (Althea D.) of Castle Rock, Colo., and Steven L. (Deborah D. Jamison) of Cupertino, Calif.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held Feb. 25 with arrangements by Crabiel Parkwest Funeral Chapel, New Brunswick. Memorial contributions may be made to Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple or Jewish Historical Society of Central New Jersey.

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