Jon Granville Rush was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to Joseph Harold Rush and Juanita Fay (Erickson) Rush. When Jon’s father was hired by the High Altitude Observatory, which later became NCAR, Jon and his family moved to Boulder in 1949. He was a Boulder boy then. He attended University Hill, Foothills, and Washington Elementary, as well as Casey Junior High and Boulder High School before heading to Oberlin College in 1962. Jon later graduated Magna cum Laude in Asian Studies from CU-Boulder and with an induction into Phi Beta Kappa. , he was also honored as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the University of Washington’s graduate school. Jon met his wife, Alice Renouf, in Chinese history class in 1967 and after a long friendship, they married in 1983. Jon led a life marked by variety, adventure, travel and unstoppable curiosity . He was a labor unionist who operated heavy equipment, worked as a gandy dancer for the railroad, and led a crop dusting crew at the airport in Sheridan, Wyoming. While living in Sheridan, he and a friend purchased a red 1940 Stinson airplane which he had for many years. He continued to fly charter planes over the Rockies and points west into the early 1970s, sometimes accompanied by his children and wife. After the wedding, Jon and Alice traveled back and forth to China with local and national delegations. Under Alice’s direction as head of the Colorado China Council, they worked with the state to expand commercial and cultural ties with China and help establish the Denver-Kunming Sister City relationship as well as Boulder-Lhasa Sister Cities. , which still exist. It was an exciting time to be in China as it opened up to Colorado and the world. Jon and Alice’s children were born into great joy in 1985 and 1987 and accompanied their parents on many trips to China and other international destinations. Cassidy and Whitney are the gems of their parents’ lives, with grandson Desmond Pace Bell (and a new baby on the way!). Relations with China led Jon to a job at UCAR’s international office, where his global science experiments had a lasting impact on climate science. He was then hired as associate director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), at CU Boulder. This department also manages the NOAA laboratories in Boulder where Jon had his second office. He retired in 2019 but they loved him so much they hired him twice when he retired. Along with his family and siblings, Jon’s many friends and colleagues appreciated his wit, kindness, talent, brilliant smile and hospitality. He was a man of many passions, including the outdoors, camping, history, model trains and travel, and his 1972 Pontiac Grandville convertible. His lifelong love of trains led him to build a network of HO trains in the saloon after retirement. Jon died as he lived: with courage and grace, full of passion and unwavering determination. He is survived by his wife of nearly 39 years, Alice Renouf, children Cassidy Pace Rush and Whitney Renouf Rush, son-in-law Graham Bell, beloved grandson Desmond Pace Bell and siblings Eric Rush (Nereida Delgado) and Nita Jo Rush. , as well as nieces, a nephew and numerous cousins. His adorable dog, Lexi, is also mourning him. Jon has supported the work of many organizations including the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Emergency Family Assistance Association and Sister Carmen. He was a major and consistent donor to the Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center. He and his family are asking for donations to be made to him instead of flowers.

Published by The Daily Camera on March 27, 2022.

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