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Trudy Jean Rucker '69

‚ÄčTrudy Jean Rucker, born December 28, 1946, died on March 5, 2017 at home after a five-year battle with ovarian cancer. No one loved life more. She fought this disease with every ounce of intelligence and determination she had, which was considerable. For four-and-a-half years, she never let it slow her down.

Trudy was born in Brooklyn, New York. She also lived for a time in Nova Scotia, Canada, while her father earned his medical degree there. In college she studied theater, first at the University of Connecticut and then at Antioch College, where she received her bachelor’s degree.

After graduation, the cultural ferment of the day called her to California, where she earned a master’s degree and taught TEFL until, at the instigation of her uncle Karl Wilder, an engineer on the early SEAC computer in the 1950s, she switched fields and took up computer programming.

She would move on to software product marketing, which she loved. After the dot.com meltdown in 2000, she retooled and became a residential real estate appraiser in Marin County, California.

Trudy loved travel, tennis, and people. She was irrepressible, with a laugh that simply spread joy. She is survived by William Gietz, her husband of 30 years, whom she met in college. She also leaves her son Noah Triplett, his wife Amy, two granddaughters, her sister Sherry Rucker, and a host of loving aunts and uncles, cousins, and nieces. A memorial is being planned. Anyone who wishes to make a donation in her memory may do so at The Clearity Foundation.