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RUSK, David Wm.

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RUSK, David Wm. (Dubuque, IA, Sept. 9, 1954--Dubuque, IA, Aug. 10, 2010). Growing up in Dubuque, Rusk left the city in 1972 after an early graduation from DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. He was employed by the Dime Savings Bank of New York until returning to attend the University of Iowa in the fall of the same year. He graduated with a bachelor of general studies degree in 1976 and then began a nearly two year travel-study of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and Europe.

From 1978 to 1988, Rusk was employed as a marketing executive for several computer and information systems divisions of IBM Corporation. Returning to Dubuque in 1988 with his wife and two sons, Rusk became an investment broker with A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. He ended that business to publish JULIEN'S JOURNAL when his company, J.D. Communications, Inc., acquired it in 1994.

Rusk was known for his leadership of the Tri-State Community 2000 Steering Committee. He was also a sponsor of Vision 2000 and the City of Dubuque Long Range Planning Commission and its Riverfront Development Subcommittee. Rusk was vice chairman of the Finley Health Foundation and vice president and president of the WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Foundation. He remained the only original member of the City of Dubuque Long Range Planning Commission and served as an active member of the board of directors of the Dubuque Arts and Cultural Alliance, executive board of the Northeast Iowa Council of Boy Scouts of America, and the Dubuque Community Development Council of the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE. He was a past president of the Linwood Cemetery Association. Among the numerous civic organizations of which he was a member were the GREATER DUBUQUE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, DUBUQUE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, NATIONAL RIVERS HALL OF FAME, and the DUBUQUE ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDENS.

Rusk was included in multiple volumes of Who's Who publications and an Industry Week compilation of the nation's top volunteer civic leaders. He received the FIRST CITIZEN AWARD from the TELEGRAPH HERALD in 1992 and in 2010 was the recipient of the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Award.



Obtuaries. Telegraph Herald, August 12, 2010. Online: http://www.thonline.com/obituaries/article_d5002903-99a7-5416-8f83-81a5e8f5ff4e.html?sp-tk=09A33D6E49E8D76FA99C47B579FD87AE9520F8E668C039AF459138746360DA30493ABCACC61DA5CE8C212D671D8EE7FA606BCC175F76C565D1130171CD397F300862CC8A20E6A88D9E2E8A0C6BDDA4331382558F232889B2CE3ED142D51231224C29A2E557C4653CAC0B3413A6372C1A45D349A60C2063D931D1C5902157CD7C76B02EFC55500B25757DCE80D928E7ED95C58F48

"Man With a Vision," Telegraph Herald, January 3, 1993, p. 1E Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19930103&printsec=frontpage&hl=en