Grace W. Ruch
Grace W. Ruch
  • April 11, 1934 - January 3, 2017
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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Grace Charlene Wolohon Ruch died on January 3, 2017, surrounded by her family. Grace was born on April 11, 1934, in Takoma Park to Charles Hamilton Wolohon, M.D., and Gertrude Dower Wolohon and grew up in Washington, DC. Grace married the love of her life, Charles E. Ruch, M.D., on August 16, 1955, and recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. She is survived by Charles and their two sons, Charles E. Ruch, Jr., of Stevensville, and David S. Ruch, M.D. and wife Susan of Chapel Hill, NC and five grandchildren, David Ruch of Boston, John Ruch of Durham, NC, Annie Ruch of Stevensville, Michael Ruch of Chapel Hill and Katie Ruch of Stevensville. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Patricia.

Grace graduated from Redlands University in California and earned a master’s degree in psychology at UCLA. With Charles, she returned to the Washington, DC, area in 1958 and lived in suburban Maryland for 43 years before relocating to Annapolis in 2001. In addition to working as a clinical psychologist and subsequently as an interior designer (and a member of ASID), Grace was an excellent cook, studying at several international cooking schools and under Julia Child. She was an avid opera fan, and she and Charles have been season ticket members of the Washington Opera since 1962. She was a recognized local artist with a passion for watercolors. She was fluent in French and had a love for words. Those who knew her appreciate her precision with proper English. With Charles, she traveled all over the world, with a penchant for destinations that offered risk and excitement, though her favorite place away from home was London. Since settling in Annapolis, Grace has focused much of her time with her art, swimming, and her church, where she especially enjoyed her Foyers dinners over the past several years.

Visitation will be at John M. Taylor Funeral Home on Friday, January 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The service will be held at Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis Saturday, January 7 at 11:30 AM, followed by burial at Lakemont Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville.