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In Memoriam: Ricarda (Ricky) Didisheim


We are forever grateful for all the warmth and support from the Village over the years. It has been a true blessing for Ricky and for myself." Love, Paul Didisheim

Ricarda Didisheim died peacefully in her home on November 4, 2021. She was surrounded by family in her last days. Ricarda was born in Munich, Germany in 1929. She escaped Nazi Germany for Baltimore with her parents and sister, Sybille Barlow, in 1936.

She received a BA from Goucher College and her MD from Johns Hopkins University. During medical school, she met and married her classmate, Paul Didisheim. She was one of only four women in her medical school class of more than 90. Ricarda and Paul pursued their medical careers in Durham, NC; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City; Rochester, MN; and Maryland. She specialized in Pediatrics and Adult Psychiatry.

She was a role model as a woman physician and a life-long Quaker. She was also a role model in life, with tremendous resilience, determination, generosity, and joy in everything that she did.

She will be missed dearly and lives on in our hearts. She leaves behind her loving husband, Paul Didisheim; three children, Melinda Jawadekar, Pete Didisheim, and Andrea Didisheim; sons-in-law, Mak Jawadekar and Evan Yassky; daughter-in-law, Leslie Hunt; six grandchildren, Emily Jawadekar, Neal Jawadekar (wife, Kerri Jawadekar), Matthew Didisheim, Evan Didisheim, Isaac Yassky, and Leah Yassky; and great-granddaughter, Olivia Jawadekar. Donations made in her honor would be greatly appreciated to either of the following: Cleveland and Woodley Park Village PO Box 11231 Washington, DC 20008 OR Friends Meeting of Washington DC 2111 Decatur Place NW Washington D.C. 20008-1912


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