Meet the Uchills

Meet the Uchills

They're Family and They're Neighbors...at Ring House.

Ring House is a welcoming, safe and, in so many ways, ideal residence for seniors looking to enjoy the comforts and stimulation of independent living. As it turns out, it can also be a great place for a parent and daughter—in this case, Ida Libert Uchill and Vicki Uchill—to take advantage of benefits available to family members sharing the same roof. Let's meet this mother-daughter duo, Ida and Vicki, who make their home on our campus.

Ida & Vicki UchillIda Uchill hails from Colorado, where she was born in 1918, graduated from the University of Colorado, experienced a lively and distinguished career in education, and authored two entertaining histories: Pioneers, Peddlers, and Tsadikim (third edition reprinted in 2000) and Howdy, Sucker - What P.T. Barnum Did in Colorado (published in 2001); both are available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Newspaper editor and author Christopher Leppek had this to say about the Barnum book: "Ida Uchill deftly blends scholarship, humor, irreverence and nostalgia, all without missing the enduring fascination for Barnum...a wonderful read."

Ida's colorful and widely-praised writings in the field of Colorado Judaica prompted her inclusion in Radcliffe College's Notable American Women, the 1958 Westerners' Brand Book, and the Encyclopedia Judaica. She is also listed in Who's Who in Colorado, 1958

Now, let's turn to Ida's daughter Vicki Uchill. Vicki is a retired senior advisor on U.S. public health policy and a published author in her own right, mostly of government publications. As it turns out, Vicki is also a singer and dancer who has entertained audiences throughout the area. Readers might be interested in knowing that she holds the title of 1998 Washington, D.C. Garlic Queen! 

Vicki and Ida describe themselves as "best friends and helpmates," a fitting way to characterize their unique relationship at Ring House beyond the family connection, and it's our pleasure to see their bonds of love, respect and devotion flourish in our midst. They're thrilled to be part of a community that honors their Jewish heritage - and we're thrilled to have them as our neighbors.

 

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