Edwina D. Ruhl, 87, bakery supply officialEdwina...

Edwina D. Ruhl, 87, bakery supply official

Edwina D. Ruhl, who worked with her husband in the Baltimore bakery-supply business that was founded by his family in 1789, died Tuesday at her Roland Park home of heart failure complicated by a bone infection. She was 87.


Born in 1910 in Denton, the former Edwina Downes graduated from Girls' Latin School. She earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1931.

In 1932, she married George R. Ruhl Jr., president of George R. Ruhl & Son Inc. In 1993, Fortune magazine listed the corporation as the ninth-oldest business in the country.


Mrs. Ruhl was a homemaker until 1958, when she became secretary-treasurer of the family business.

Her husband died in 1980, and she retired in 1985.

Eight years ago, the business moved to Hanover, where it continues as a family-owned corporation headed by her son, George R. Ruhl III of Baltimore.

She is also survived by two daughters, Anne R. Letchworth of Canfield, Ohio, and Jane P. Ruhl, of Honolulu; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held Friday.

Pub Date: 8/16/98