Richard "Rick" Ruhf

October 27, 1962 - September 25, 2018
Born in Pennsylvania
Resided in Maryland


Richard Russell “Rick” Ruhf of Annapolis, MD died on September 25, 2018. He was 55 years old. Rick was born on October 27, 1962 in Johnstown, PA, son of Russell C. and Anne Louise Cooper Ruhf. Rick was preceded in death by his father and twin daughters, Carly and Meredith. He is survived by his mother; wife of 19 years, Rosa (Day) Ruhf; his son Davis Ruhf; sisters Marilyn Ruhf Brady (Concord, MA) and Barbara Ruhf Heller (Boston, MA); brothers Steven Ruhf (State College, PA) and Larry Ruhf (Herndon, VA), and several nieces and nephews.
In 1980, Rick graduated from Westmont Hilltop High School in Johnstown, PA, and then enrolled at The Pennsylvania State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1986. Upon graduation, Rick relocated to Annapolis, MD where he worked as a Project Architect with the Bignell Watkins Hasser, Wheeler Goodman Masek, and Hammond Associates firms from 1986 to 1999. In May of 1999, Rick became the founder and chief principal of Ruhf/Plitt Architects, where he was licensed to practice in five mid-Atlantic states.
Rick specialized in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects, a program that encourages the investment of private equity in the development of affordable rental housing for low-income households. He also had expertise in “green building” construction, which can create positive impacts on the climate and natural environment. Ultimately, as principal, Rick was responsible for RP Architects’ commercial and multi-family building design and quality assurance program that included construction coordination, project integration, structural and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing coordination and code compliance.
As an active participant with his community, Rick acted as Chair of the Annapolis Salvation Army Advisory board. He was also a key leader at St. Martin’s Church, having served on the council for several years, guided all architectural aspects of church renovations, and tirelessly volunteered with their youth program.
Outside of his professional and community-service endeavors, Rick was most known for his off-kilter sense of humor and kindness to others. He possessed a unique way of seeing the world. As an example, while a child, Rick learned he was allergic to bees. To befriend them, he would carefully place pieces of Cap’n Crunch cereal in all of the flowers surrounding the house, hoping the bees would acknowledge his deed by refraining from stinging him.
As most graduates of Penn State, Rick was a big fan of their teams, a love that has since been passed down to his son Davis. Whether it was attending a football game or wrestling match, or watching on television, the two of them could be found side-by-side, cheering mightily for their beloved Nittany Lions.
For several years, Rick struggled with a chronic and severe anxiety disorder. He did everything he could to remediate the anxiety. He attended both in-patient and out-patient treatment centers. He sought help through medical professionals who prescribed several types of medications in pursuit of finding a treatment. In the past year, Rick began to speak openly to his friends and family about his struggles, and the relentless difficulties that come with mental illness. Despite utilizing all of these resources, the anxiety continued to deepen.
Rick will be sorely missed by his family and friends. In the tributes that have poured in upon the learning of Rick’s passing, it has become abundantly clear that he had a positive and lasting impact on many people. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Annapolis and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. A GoFundMe page has also been established, with the donations being used to fund a college scholarship for Davis and to help with various family expenses.



Funeral Home
Hardesty Funeral Home-Annapolis
12 Ridgely Avenue
Annapolis, MD US 21401