Kitty Lus Druck

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PORTLAND - Kitty Lus Druck, 99, died peacefully with her daughters by her side at Birchwoods Assisted Living after a very brief illness. She was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia on May 13, 1919 to Zdenka and Milton Lus. Kitty moved to the US in 1938, Nazi Germany overtook Prague. Kitty went to Austin College for a bachelor's degree in biology, then to Smith College for a master's degree in chemistry. Working as a chemist in New Jersey, she met John Urban Druck, and they married in 1951. Kitty worked all her adult life, except for eight years while her daughters were young. She worked a chemist, biology teacher, and a translator in the pharmaceutical industry. She spoke eight languages. Though a true scientist, she was a poet at heart, writing scores of poems, many were published. She loved animals, especially dogs; reading novels and newspapers; and, mostly, her daughters. She was predeceased by her husband, John U. Druck and is survived by her daughters: Diana Jani Darak-Druck in Westbrook with her wife, Lisa, and Karen Schilling and her husband, Richard, of Portland.

Always the scientist, she donated her body to UNE's medical school, where we hope they can learn the secret to aging gracefully.

Services will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Williston-Immanuel United Church, with reception to follow.

Donations in her memory can be given to the animal organization of your choice.

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 12, 2018
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