Ruth Bierman Linnick ’60 loved to travel, to learn and to teach.
Her children, Mitch Linnick, MIL ’94, and Cindy Goldstein, along with family and friends, have established the Ruth Bierman Linnick ’60 Memorial Travel Fund as a tribute to her lifelong pursuits.
The endowed fund will provide grants of up to $5,000 to female undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences with demonstrated financial need and the desire to travel for pleasure, adventure and exploration.
“Cornell was important to my mom. To quote her, before moving to Ithaca, she had ‘barely been outside of New York City,’” Mitch Linnick said. “Cornell expanded her worldview. She met my father [Stuart Linnick ’59] there and made lifelong friendships.”
A math major at Cornell, Ruth Linnick taught mathematics at the Bronx High School of Science, where she had been valedictorian. She later volunteered with literacy programs, as a docent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and as an oral history interviewer, including work with Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Project.
Along the way, Ruth Linnick became an experienced and enthusiastic world traveler. She often took multiple extended trips in a year, continuing to amaze her family and friends by her endless appetite to visit new places and learn about other cultures, Mitch Linnick said.
Ruth Linnick died in March at age 77.
- Kathy Hovis