So sad that Rufus is gone, but we knew it was going to happen for a long time - a long time in which Rufus kept up his own good spirits and was an example for us all.
I got to know Rufus as a fellow "nerd" in the Exeter Rocket Club in 1958. We had a slightly maverick faculty advisor and we actually succeeded in propelling a few objects into the sky. That made a nice change from the very ordered life at Exeter.
Later we shared a Cambridge apartment with two other guys during Rufus's first year after college (my second). During that phase I recall going on sailing weekends with Rufus's family a number of times.
After drifting apart for a number of decades Rufus got back in touch with me at my address in Holland and we exchanged a lot of stories. I was glad to have the chance to visit with him and Margaret in late 2011.
It would be great if there were more people like Rufus in the world. We'll miss him!