J. D. Rushing was one of my favorite YMCA colleagues. He had a special blend of competence and commitment, of wisdom and warmth, of intelligence and integrity. There was nothing false or pretentious about J. D.; instead he was genuine, authentic, and real. He had a great heart for the people he loved to serve, and he will be missed beyond words. May God bless his family and many friends with His love and grace, and may all of us remember J. D.'s constant smile and gracious spirit.