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Obituary: Frances Rudman

Frances Rudman
Frances Rudman, 97, of Great Neck, born June 26, 1912, died on April 3, 2010 in Highland Park, IL, after a long and productive life. She is survived by her children, Jerry Rudman of Highland Park, IL, Stephanie Joseph and her husband William of New York City, Michael Rudman of Sands Point; 9 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

An accomplished pianist, she was an arranger and copyist with the big bands during the ’40s and worked with Ella Fitzgerald, the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and Vincent Lopez Band. She and her late husband, Jack, founded National Learning Corporation in the 1950s, the first publishers of books to help applicants pass civil service licensing examinations, MCATs, LSATs, GREs and thousands of other tests. She continued to work at National Learning in an executive capacity nearly every day until her 95th birthday.

She was a feminist by inadvertence and tirelessly juggled her responsibilities at work with her responsibilities at home before it became customary to do so. She loved to garden; her home garden was a showpiece for the neighborhood. She was a lifelong collector of antiques, a music lover, world traveler and enjoyed cooking and going to films with her friends.

A private funeral was held on April 6 at New Montefiore Cemetery in Farmingdale near her former home of 55 years in Great Neck. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Chicago Botanical Garden or to UJA-Federation of NY.