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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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NOVEMBER 2015

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Donations in Mr. Senser’s name may

be made to Human Rights Watch (www.

hrw.org) or the Solidarity Center (www.

solidaritycenter.org).

Tributes can be found at www.adams green.com/book-of-memories/2203860/ Senser-Robert/view-stories.php.

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Ruth Lord Tuch,

86, wife of retired

FSO Hans Tuch, died of a stroke on July

26 at the Skilled Nursing Center of Maple-

wood Senior Residence in Bethesda, Md.

Known to all as Mimi, Mrs. Tuch was

born on April 23, 1926, in Plano, Ill. She

earned a B.A. in 1947 fromCarlton College

in Northfield, Minn. While at Carlton, she

joined Phi Beta Kappa and was valedicto-

rian of her class.

She then attended the School of

Advanced International Studies at Johns

Hopkins University inWashington, D.C.,

earning anM.A. in 1948. She became a for-

eign affairs analyst at the then super-secret

Army Intelligence Agency.

Mrs. Tuchmet her future husband,

Hans (Tom) Tuch, at SAIS. They were

married in 1949 inWiesbaden, dur-

ing Mr. Tuch’s first posting as a Foreign

Service officer. Her budding career ended

abruptly, as the State Department did not

permit FS spouses to work at that time. The

couple served in Frankfurt, Munich, Mos-

cow, Sofia, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia

and Bonn, with intermittent assignments

inWashington, D.C.

After Mr. Tuch’s retirement from the

Foreign Service in 1985, the couple settled

in Bethesda, Md., andmaintained an

active cultural life. Mrs. andMr. Tuch

supported the Arena Stage, Shakespeare

Theatre, StudioTheatre and Roundhouse

Theatre for many years.

Their main engagement, however, was

withmusic. They supported theWashing-

ton Concert Opera, the National Sym-

phony Orchestra, theWashington National

Opera, the Summer Opera, theWashing-

ton Bach Consort and Vocal Arts DC. They

occasionally attended theMetropolitan

Opera in New York, as well as operas in

Philadelphia and Baltimore. Since 1986

they have been involved with theWolf Trap

Opera Company.

Mrs. Tuch is survived by her husband

of 65 years, Hans; son, David, and his wife,

Helena, of São Paulo; daughter, Andrea,

and her husband, Patrick Lannan, of Santa

Fe, N.M.; and two sisters, Emily Leyshon

of Prescott, Ariz., and Sally Bodi of Long

Island, N.Y.

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