AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ruthanne Abram Reis of Washington, D.C. and Augusta, died in Augusta on April 19, 2009. She was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia on June 9, 1920, the daughter of Sam and Irene (Cohen) Abram. Predeceased by her husband, noted Washington attorney Harold F. Reis, and siblings Dr. Lewis Abram, Morris B. Abram and Jeannette Bernstein, she is survived by her son Alan B. Reis (Dana) of New York City and daughters Kate Grogan (Kevin) of Augusta and Deborah Kennedy (Lee Bragg) of Manchester, Maine. She was the grandmother of Sarah Grogan Roubieu (Christopher), Matt Grogan, Kathryn Kennedy, Graeme Kennedy, and Elizabeth Kennedy and the great-grandmother of Micah Reis Roubieu. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she was one of the first women air traffic controllers, ending her career at Reagan National Airport in Washington. She devoted the last sixty years of her life to the welfare and happiness of her family and friends, all of whom miss her greatly, and she had great affection for the young men and women who grew up nearby her during the many years she lived in Washington. The family wishes to thank the staff and care givers at Heartland Village at Elmcroft of Martinez. Funeral arrangements were private. Memorial donations may be made to the Christie Owen Excellence in Teaching Fund at Episcopal Day School, 2248 Walton Way, Augusta, Georgia 30904. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Augusta Chronicle-April 27, 2009