Rhoda Wasserman Baruch


Rhoda Baruch, of Silver Spring, died on Dec. 23. She was just shy of her 95th birthday. She is survived by her three children, Roberta Baruch (Jerry Ostrov), Marjory Baruch (Wu-Teh Hsiang) and Larry Baruch (Laurie); nine grandchildren, Mina, Rebecca, Solomon, Ben, Max, Alex, Julia, Sabrina and Rachel; and eight great-grandchildren.

For 68 years she was married to her college sweetheart, Jordan Baruch. Just out of Brooklyn College, she studied and worked as a physicist, specializing in radar at Columbia University. Later she became a psychologist, conducting seminal research on women and careers. She was on the faculty at Harvard Graduate School of Education and set up a center for careers at Dartmouth College.

After moving to Washington, she founded the Institute for Mental Health Initiatives (IMHI) that advised TV scriptwriters and others in the media about how to use the power of their media to model healthy methods to manage anger.

Contributions may be made to American Associates of Ben-Gurion University, or the Transatlantic Institute of American Jewish Committee.

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