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W.B. "dub" Rushing - 1910 - 2007 ('32 Architecture)

January 30, 2007

W.B. "dub" Rushing

W.B. "dub" Rushing was born in 1910 in Plainview. "dub" died Jan. 29, 2007, in University Medical Center after a brief illness. He graduated from Lubbock High School and attended Texas Technological College.

In 1934, he opened Varsity Bookstore, the first of his many and varied business adventures. "dub" and Max Tidmore operated Tidmore Construction Company and built many buildings in Lubbock, the last of which was Monterey Shopping Center. As one of Lubbock's earliest real estate developers, he built and developed Briercroft Center, the Koko Inn and Koko Corner, and many others. He also started Briercroft Savings and Loan and served as its chairman, and was Chairman of the Board of Security National Bank.

"dub" served on and provided leadership for many, many community boards. Those he was most proud of were Chairman, Methodist Hospital Board; Chairman, University Medical Center; and Chairman, University Medical Center Foundation. Among his many awards and recognitions were the Texas Tech Ex-Students Distinguished Alumni Award and a Doctor of Humanities Degree from McMurray University.

"dub" loved tennis and played the game into his 90s. His being one of Lubbock's pioneers in tennis is reflected in the name of the Lubbock's municipal Burgess-Rushing Tennis Center.

Preceded in death by his much loved wife of 62 years, Mozelle, "dub" had two sons, Don Rushing and his wife Beth and Ted Rushing. He also had four grandchildren: Ross Rushing and wife Meg of Lubbock, Regan Hudson and husband Clark of Lubbock, Lindsay Rushing of Santa Monica, Calif., and Morgan Rushing of Boston, Mass. The newest joy of "dub's" family is his great grandson Luke Rushing.

Following a private graveside service for the family, a memorial service for "dub" will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31st in LakeRidge United Methodist Church. The family will greet friends at Rix Funeral Directors, 1901 Broadway today from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the University Medical Center Foundation, Box 45025, Lubbock 79409, or the Texas Tech Foundation, Box 5980, Lubbock 79409.

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