Barbara Kuck Teasdale, 69, died at her home in Ridgefield on Nov. 23.
The eldest child of William Martin Kuck and Marie Madsen Kuck, Ms. Teasdale was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She spent her early life in Plainfield, N.J., moving to Watchung, N.J., while a teenager. She attended Watchung Hills Regional High School, graduating in 1963. She was a National Merit Scholar. She studied at Duke University from 1963 to 1968, graduating in 1968 with a B.A. degree in German literature.