By Mrs. Stella Pennell, cousin
Mar. 29, 2017: Ruby Jane Lupton, teacher in the Bronxville Elementary School from 1955 to 1988, died on Friday, March 17.
Miss Lupton lived in Bronxville until she moved to assisted living in 2012 due to loss of sight. She accepted her situation with patience and quiet dignity.
Her students long remember her for her kindness and unusual means of motivation for learning. Her colleagues remember her for her dedication and her sense of style and quiet humor, while parents remember her for her love of children.
Miss Lupton received her bachelor of arts degree from State Teachers College, Oneonta, in 1945 and her master's degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1952.
Before coming to Bronxville, she taught for seven years in Nyskayuna Central School, Schenectady, NY, and three years in the Gloversville Public School.
Throughout her professional 43 years in education and beyond as a substitute teacher, her support of culture was evident in her service on various school and community boards and committees, including school curriculum committees and the Bronxville Public Library Board of Trustees; membership in the New York Public Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Metropolitan Opera; and support for the renovation of Grand Central Station, of which she is very proud. Weekends often found her busy at some activity in New York City, which she loved.
Ruby was born on January 20, 1922, in Troy, New York, to Lorette Killmartin and Frederick Charles Lupton. Her two sisters, Ruth Lupton Lewin and Alice Lupton Ayelsworth, and her parents predeceased her. She is survived by one cousin, Mrs. Stella Pennell of Vancouver, Canada, and several cousins of the next generation who live in Canada, England, Spain, Africa, and New Zealand.
She was particularly proud of her Godson, Charles Paton, who has received many national and international awards, most recently for his creation of the Seawater Greenhouse Project.
Ruby was a frequent traveler, her last trip being to China, where an uncle had previously served the UK early in the 20th century. She was quietly proud of her English family and ancestry. Friends, colleagues, and students were enriched by her many varied interests.
A service of remembrance was held on Monday, March 27.