Ruth Holcomb, a former model and education activist who was active in volunteer work throughout her life, died at Southampton Hospital on April 24. She was 82 and had recently suffered a stroke.
A resident of Renee’s Way in Springs and Riverside Drive in Manhattan, Ms. Holcomb most recently volunteered as a corporate fund-raiser. Earlier in life, she modeled for the Candy Jones Agency. A mother of four, she served as the president of the PTA at P.S. 125 in Manhattan and was instrumental in getting P.S. 36 built, to help ease overcrowding in the New York City schools.
Her recent travels took her to Turkey and Scandinavia.
A daughter of Joseph and Edith Shanck, she was born on Sept. 22, 1930, in New York City. She grew up there and attended both Hunter and Brooklyn Colleges. She had lived in Westport, Conn., before moving to East Hampton.
Ms. Holcomb is survived by her husband of 62 years, Ralph Holcomb, and by her children, Laurie Holcomb Bullock of Worcester, Mass., Robin Gerstein of Carmel, N.Y., Susan Holcomb of Santa Monica, Calif., and Allan Havey, also of Santa Monica. Five grandchildren also survive.
A private service will be held in New York City at a future date. The family has suggested memorial donations to the United States Fund, which is known as UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York 10038.