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Ruth L. Pulda.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Ruth L. Pulda, 53, of West Hartford, died June 9.

She leaves her husband, Howard Rifkin; two sons, David and Caleb Pulda-Rifkin; her mother, Mary Pulda of Shrewsbury, Mass., her mother-in-law, Sylvia Rifkin; three sisters; two brothers; 18 nieces and nephews; and five great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Louis Pulda.

Her law career spanned 25 years as a named partner in the law firm of Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn and Kelly. She was recognized by the Connecticut Bar as one of the top lawyers in Connecticut and received two awards for her life's work: The Elizabeth Blackwell Award from Connecticut NOW in 2003 for her "tenacious commitment for health care for women" and the 2006 One Woman Making a Difference award from CWEALF (CT's Women's Education and Legal Fund). She previously served as legal counsel to CWEALF, as chairwoman of the state permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and co-founded and taught the Women's Rights Clinic at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Funeral services were held on June 11, at the Sanctuary of Beth El Temple, in West Hartford. Interment was at B'nai B'rith Cemetery, in Worcester, Mass. Shiva, the Jewish period of mourning, will be observed at the home of Ruth, Howard, David and Caleb, 144 Sunny Reach Drive, West Hartford, Conn. beginning Thursday, June 12, and ending just prior to Shabbat on Friday, June 13. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Center for Children's Advocacy, University of Connecticut School of Law, 65 Elizabeth St., Hartford, CT 06105; CWEALF, 135 Broad St., Hartford 06105; or Love Makes a Family, 576 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105. Arrangements entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford.
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Date:Jun 12, 2008
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