Leah Ruderman Shapiro

Profile Updated: August 4, 2019
Leah Ruderman
Leah Ruderman


Leah Ruderman


Leah Ruderman


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Forest Park, IL USA
Spouse/Partner: Divorced
What jobs have you held? Which job was your favorite? Currently a Part time Senior Research Assistant at Chapin Hall, University of Chicago. Workshop presenter and assessor for Early Childhood Programs and conferences.
Do you have any children and/or grandchildren? Sheron, born 1975
Jeffrey, born 1979
Angela, born 1982, married to Jimmy Franco on June 15, More…2013
Madelyn Leigh Franco, beautiful grandbaby, January 7, 2015
Shawn James Franco, adorable grandson, August 17, 2017

I attended UIC during turbulent times and volunteered on the West Side of Chicago. Graduated in 1970 and started teaching Head Start in public housing. Married and lived on the south side for 25 years. Worked for progressive candidates and coordinated the 5th ward for Harold Washington.
Attended graduate school in child development at Erikson Institute, Loyola. I was at City Colleges of Chicago for 15 years as the Director of Human Services/CDA and taught each semester as adjunct faculty. Entered doctorate program at UIC in 1998 but my son was diagnosed with
schizophrenia and I dropped out but continued to work as an education, disabilities and mental health coordinator for Head Start. In 2002, I attended the Infant Mental Health program at Erikson. Have worked in many consultant roles and am now working as an ECE independent consultant.
I am very active in NAMI and my son is now healthy and a certified recovery specialist at NAMI Metro Suburban. Sheron has worked for Action for Children for 15 plus years and lives in Chicago. My baby girl Angela just had her second baby. She is works full time and graduate this June from Social Work at DePaul.

Working for Social Justice and involved in progressive politics.

I am a "Saint" and love theater, reading and walking.

Do you have a favorite school story or a funny memory?

I loved my High School years and am still friends with Aviva Suppo and Linda Benjamin. Loved the musicals and behind the scenes make-up on Steve Bernstein. Remember the Smother Brothers concert. The day Kennedy was shot, I thought that the world would end.

What would your 1964 self have to say to your present day self?

Stay the course and be a bit more disciplined!

What is on your bucket list?

Visiting some National Parks. Visiting Italy and the British Isles. Seeing Barcelona for a second time.

Seeing everyone in this world respect each other!

What is your special motto?

Agree to disagree and Disagree without being disagreeable. From PaPa Hy

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Making it on my own. Raising my children and grandchild.

Name three people you would like to meet.

Michelle Obama

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Mar 30, 2020 at 7:08 PM

I am so glad that you joined and shared your amazing accomplishments with us.

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Feb 25, 2020 at 11:28 PM

Posted on: Feb 24, 2020 at 10:16 PM

So Jordan and Toby were married in Jan. 2020. What a lovely family. Thank you for the update.

Feb 16, 2020 at 12:59 PM

Hi Sandra,

I would love to see you and here from you. I have missed you on this page. Where do you live. I live in Forest Park next to Oak Park. Please respond and I will give you my phone and email. H.S. name was Lee Ruderman. I communicate with Benj frequently.

Jan 20, 2020 at 8:33 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. She was so involved in social justice work. We lived in Oak Park at about the same time but never connected. I wish we had. RIP Rita. Peace, Leah

Nov 11, 2019 at 5:11 PM
Aug 05, 2019 at 4:34 AM
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Aug 08, 2019 at 1:45 PM

Posted on: Aug 04, 2019 at 8:46 PM

My son who just turned 40 was accepted into the graduate school of Social Work at Dominican. He works for NAMI Metro Suburban full time as a Certified Recovery Specialist. My eldest moved back to Hyde Park where she was raised and feels very comfortable in this wonderful community. I see Angela with my grand babies every week. Such a pleasure.

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Apr 23, 2019 at 4:33 PM

It seems that I am unable to post on your profile. But just in case I am very sorry that you lost a close friend.

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Apr 17, 2019 at 12:33 PM

I only knew Tom through the Reunion Committee although I saw him around at Niles. Always friendly and kind. Condolences to his family.

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Aug 08, 2019 at 1:42 PM

Posted on: Feb 08, 2019 at 3:03 PM

Bonnie Berlin Davis, Ronnie Kasik Simon, and Barbara Reifman Greenfield getting together at Barbara's house
July 22, 2013
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Feb 08, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Posted on: Feb 08, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Dear Birthday partner, Congrats on the grandbaby. I know that this is joyful for you and Meyer.

Aug 05, 2018 at 4:33 AM
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May 06, 2018 at 8:03 PM

Posted on: May 06, 2018 at 2:59 PM

Dear Ruth, I would very much like to contribute to your fundraising efforts. I can't bowl and do not love casino type places. How do I contribute? Who do I write the check to? This is a terrible illness and hard to lose a child so young. Leah Shapiro aka Lee Ruderman.

May 06, 2018 at 3:13 PM

Posted on: May 06, 2018 at 2:46 PM

Hi Sharry, I would very much like to come to Hackney's in Glenview. About a two weeks ago I had a Pacemaker and my lung collapsed. All is good right now. I will begin observations of CPS classrooms at the end of this week. Just trying to get strength back. I received so much encouragement from my long time friend Linda Benjamin who now lives in Chicago. Thank you for organizing. Leah

Aug 05, 2017 at 4:33 AM
Jun 05, 2017 at 1:54 PM

Hi Sherry,
I think of you often but do not know how to reach you. I hope that you are doing well and wish you a happy and healthy birthday. You can always call me at 708 218 2102.

May 14, 2017 at 9:03 PM

Happy Birthday Mark. I hope that you are healthy and happy.

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Posted: Apr 06, 2016 at 1:26 AM
The ladies at High Tea. Celebrating Angela's Birthday.