Edwin Louis Rushia M.D. Edwin Louis Rushia M.D., 96, of Charlottesville, died on Thursday, August 22, 2013, in Columbia, South Carolina. He was born on September 5, 1916, in Lake City, Iowa to Lewis and Elsie Rushia. His father was a farmer and his childhood was that of farming in Iowa. Ed graduated from Iowa State College in 1938 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Science and Bacteriology. His mentors were two doctors, one a hometown family doctor and the other a New York surgeon. It was not surprising that he chose medicine as his profession and that he attended New York College of Medicine. After getting his medical degree in 1942, Ed enlisted in the Navy for World War II and interned at Brooklyn Naval Hospital. He then went to Washington, D.C. where he qualified for deep sea diving and was assigned to submarine medicine on the tender Sperry in the Pacific. Ed served a five year enlistment receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy. He then began his residency training at the University of Iowa in Anesthesiology from 1947 until 1949. There, Ed met his soon to be bride, Mary Anna Loughridge M.D. while she was doing her General Practice internship. They were married June 20, 1948 in Iowa City. Ed began his civilian professional life with the University of Arkansas in Little Rock in 1949. He created their first Anesthesia Department, acted as its chairman and was a professor. From 1951 until 1967, Ed was Professor of Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. In 1967 until 1970 he taught at Emory University in Atlanta and was Chief of Service. Ed taught and practiced at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville from 1970 until 1975. Finally, he was in private practice at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville from 1975 until 1984, and was Chief of Service in 1983 before retiring in 1984. Ed has always been a man of adventures. Music was ever present in his life. He enjoyed playing the trumpet in his youth, later the flute and piccolo, and finally, in his retirement, the baritone and tuba. He enjoyed listening and sharing a variety of music. He was a good whistler, exuberant singer and harmonica player. Woodworking was a favorite hobby. Ed loved to head down to his basement shop to work on anything that needed fixing. He also made fine items and gifts. Ed and Mary Anna enjoyed many full years together. As their children became adults the Senior Center became important in their lives. Ed was treasurer of the Charlottesville Senior Center when it was downtown and was active in helping with fundraising for building the Senior Center on Pepsi Place. Upon their retirement, Ed and Mary Anna spent much of their spare time working at and enjoying the Senior Center. Ed enjoyed being part of the Building and Grounds Crew at the new facility. He spent much time involved with landscaping the grounds and development of the Rose Garden. Ed helped make it the beautiful garden it is today. Ed was a proud member of the Second Wind Band and enjoyed participating in Center musicals. Ed and Mary Anna loved to travel with groups from the Senior Center. They travelled to England, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Turkey, Egypt, and Italy and enjoyed learning about the culture, food and wine of each country. They bravely drove and camped extensively around the United States with their children as the children grew up. Ed leaves behind his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Anna Loughridge Rushia; and five children, Edwin Linn Rushia and his wife, Christine Fleckles, of Crozet, Mary Lynn Fowler of Columbia, S.C., Barbara Cannon and her husband, Pete, of Fredericksburg, Robert Rushia and his wife, Pamela Dolgin, of Culpeper, and Judith Rushia of Charlottesville. He is also survived by grandchildren, Bekah, Julianna, Ani, Jay and Lou. He is also survived by a special nephew and his wife, Lee and Elaine Gladwin of Leesburg. He was predeceased by his sister, Carmen Hiser and by Mary Lynn's husband, Al. We love and miss Ed and his unique sense of humor. We are comforted and inspired by the example of his long, full and meaningful life. There will be a celebration of Ed's life at the Senior Center in Charlottesville on Monday, September 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. Please feel free to join us. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Senior Center of Charlottesville, 1180 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville, VA 22901. Dunbar Funerals and Cremations in Columbia, S.C. are in charge of arrangements.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.