THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Donations in Mr. Senser’s name may
be made to Human Rights Watch (www.
hrw.org) or the Solidarity Center (www.
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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
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
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
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