Gene D. Rush Schools administrator

December 12, 1991

Services for Gene D. Rush, retired assistant superintendent of schools for the southeastern area of Baltimore County, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Rush, a Towson native who was 75 and lived on Sandee Road in Timonium, was killed Saturday in an automobile accident in York, Pa.

His career in Baltimore County's public school system, which was twice interrupted by military service, began in 1936 after he graduated from what is now Towson State University.

He retired in 1977, having served six years as assistant superintendent. He had been an area director in the school system for a decade before becoming assistant superintendent.

Throughout his time as an administrator, which also included serving as principal of several schools, he was an advocate of non-graded elementary schools as a way of providing children with individualized teaching.

He earned a master's degree at Columbia University and did additional graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University. He was a 1932graduate of Towson High School.

He began teaching at the Fort Howard Elementary School and also taught at the Carroll Manor School before being named principal of the Upper Falls Elementary School in 1940.

During World War II, he served as an officer in the Army in Europe and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He later retired from the Army Reserve as a major.

Between the two periods of military service, he was principal of the Fullerton Elementary and Junior High schools. In 1952, he was named principal of the Villa Cresta Elementary School.

Dr. Joshua B. Wheeler, a retired superintendent of schools in the county and a childhood friend, noted that Mr. Rush was "a leader of student activities at Towson State and the best tenor on campus."

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Margaret Thrasher; a son, James Robert Rush of Tempe, Ariz.; a daughter, Judy Wood of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Babcock Presbyterian Church.

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