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Former Stanford technical editor Ruth Korb dies at 74

STANFORD -- Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Stanford Memorial Church for Ruth Mitchell Burt Korb, 74, who worked at Stanford for 23 years as editor of theses and technical writing in the departments of nuclear and mechanical engineering.

Korb died Nov. 12 of renal failure in Santa Cruz, where she had recently moved after living in Palo Alto nearly 40 years.

Korb was born March 9, 1919 in Bertha, Minn., and was graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1941. She was appointed a teaching fellow in psychology at Ohio State University and completed a year of graduate study there before World War II. During the war, she worked first at the Trojan Powder Co. in Sandusky, Ohio, earning an Army-Navy Production Award, and later as a rehabilitation specialist at the Lowell Tuberculosis Clinic in Lowell, Mass.

Korb moved to California with her husband, Harry S. Korb, and raised their five children before starting work at Stanford. She was an accomplished classical pianist, an active bridge player and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Mensa.

She is survived by four sons, Allen and Bruce of Santa Cruz, Kevin of Mt. Waverly, Australia, and David of Seattle; daughter Kathryn MacGeraghty of Berkeley; three brothers, Ralph C. Burt of Mesa, Ariz.; Eugene C. Burt of Louisville, Ky.; and John I. Burt of Lima, Ohio; and two grandchildren.

The family prefers contributions to a charity of the donor's choice.



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