Sophie Ravin, 77

Retired teacher from CPS and the U. of C. Lab School

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Sophie Brody Ravin, 77, of Oak Park died on Dec. 16, 2012. Born on March 3, 1935 in Budapest, Hungary, she came to the United States in 1949 having survived family loss, separation and a period in hiding during the Nazi occupation. She resided with the Flack family of Oak Ridge, Tenn., while attending high school. She went on to receive a B.A. in English and a master's degree in Education from the University of Rochester.

At the university, she met and married Arnold W. Ravin (1921-1981), a professor of biology. They moved with their daughters to Chicago in 1968, where Arnold took a position at the University of Chicago. Mrs. Ravin continued a teaching career that began in Rochester, working in the Chicago Public Schools, the lower and middle level of the University of Chicago Laboratory School, and, for many years, as an English teacher at the high school level there. She was known as a demanding and talented teacher and is remembered with much affection by many of her former students.

After her retirement in 1990, she continued to read avidly, particularly the New York Times, which she devoured from cover to cover daily. She followed politics and social issues closely and was a devoted supporter of Barack Obama, always arguing on his behalf whenever anyone (even Obama supporters) criticized any of his policies.

Sophie Ravin is survived by her children, Sonia and Andrea (Jim White); her grandchildren, Rachel and Sam; and her brother, Alexander (Andrea) Brody.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on March 2 at the University of Chicago Laboratory School, Judd Hall, Room 126 at 5835 S. Kimbark Ave. in Chicago. Contributions in honor of Sophie's memory may be sent to Amnesty International at or to Doctors Without Borders at

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