Aug. 14, 1956-July 6, 2021
Submitted by Sunaina Gulati-Ruh
Peter J. Ruh was born in Watertown, CT and died July 6, 2021 in Atherton, CA, of cancer. His family was at his side. He will be lovingly remembered for his competitive tennis game, outstanding sense of humor, love of international travel and adventure, map-collecting, and his largesse with family and friends.
Peter graduated from Chase Collegiate (formerly St. Margaret’s- McTernan) school in Waterbury, CT and Skidmore College. After receiving his MBA from the University of Dallas, he worked in sales for ROLM Corp. in NYC, which led him to Silicon Valley in 1987. He joined Cisco in 1994 as the result of an acquisition and went on to have a long and successful career there for 17 years. One of his many rewarding experiences at Cisco was launching a gold standard integration practice within Cisco’s Mergers & Acquisition group. He went on to hold leadership roles in Business Development and Partner Alliances. The global nature of his work gave him the opportunity to travel the world regularly, with India as a frequent destination.
A talented and competitive tennis player, Peter relished attending and watching the US, Australian, French Open and Wimbledon tennis championships. He orchestrated annual tennis trips to Palm Springs, to play on clay with his tennis buddies, and frequently travelled with a tennis racquet just in case a clay or grass court might be in the vicinity.
Peter served on the Board of Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto and on the Stewardship Committee for the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto for several years.
A loving father, husband, and friend, Peter is survived by his sons Kernan Ruh of Menlo Park, CA, and Brendan Ruh of Redwood City, CA, ex-wife Sunaina Gulati-Ruh, her mother Saroj Gulati both of Menlo Park, CA brother Terry Ruh of Woodbury, CT, nephew Tim Ruh of New Milford, CT, niece Sarah McMannis of Queenstown, MD and the Kernan cousins of Dallas, TX.