Dorothy Ruyak

Dorothy Ruyak ( )

Dorothy L. Ruyak, a retired Goucher College counselor and former co-president of the Baltimore County League of Women Voters, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Aug. 21 at Oak Crest Village. The Parkville resident was 82.

Born in Bethlehem, Pa., and known as Dottie, she was the daughter of Paul C. Ruyak, a steelworker, and Elizabeth Rose Timko, a homemaker. She was a 1950 graduate of Bethlehem High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Moravian College for Women and a master's degree in education from Penn State University. She remained active in her schools' alumni associations.

Miss Ruyak moved to Maryland in 1969. She was initially a Goucher College counselor and later worked at Williams & Wilkins and Waverly Press, now known as Wolters Kluwer Health. She was a customer service manager on East Preston Street and later in the Camden Yards area. She retired nearly 15 years ago. Colleagues recalled her as a dedicated worker.

She was a member of the Baltimore County League of Women Voters and served as its co-president and treasurer in the 1980s. She was also a member of its housing committee and appeared at meetings to advocate for affordable housing in Baltimore County.

"Dottie held public meetings on welcoming diversity to our neighborhoods," said Elizabeth Sexton, co-president of the league. "She was thoughtful and quiet, and when she spoke at a meeting, her comments were spot-on. She had keen insights and gave great attention to detail. It was part of her work ethic that any job she took on, she did well."

She attended Baltimore County Council meetings and recorded notes for the league.

Friends said she enjoyed Shakespeare, attended the theater and performed in dinner theater productions.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 5 at Divinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1220 Providence Road in Towson, where she was an active member.

Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Slivko of Bethlehem, Pa.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com