Robert S. Rushing, Jr.
Class of 1945

©Published on 7/11/2008

Robert S. Rushing, Jr.

Jan. 26, 1927 - July 6, 2008 Resident of Oakland Son of Robert S. Rushing Sr. of Lawton, OK and Oakland and May C. Rushing of the Azores and Oakland. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Diane. He is survived by his loving son Randy and his wife Charlotte. He is also survived by a brother-in-law and two nephews, The Cole Family of South Lake Tahoe and a sister and brother-in-law, niece and nephew, The Plummers of Aptos, Ca.

Bob spent his entire 81 years in Oakland, growing up on Haddon Hill and Rockridge after attending Oakland High School. He had an innate love of Oakland and the great history of Northern California which he installed in all who knew him. He had two passions, Jazz going back to playing with the Weldonian Marching Band of Oakland as a youth and his first Love, Automobiles. He raced Roadsters, Hardtops and Midgets during the 1940 and '50s. Since then he has collected and restored scores of autos, mostly early Fords. For the last 20 years he has made a concerted effort to preserve the photographic and oral history of Northern CA auto racing through many collaborative efforts. He was a fellow at the Hiller Aviation Museum, a Charter Member of the early Ford V8 Club of America and a member and Hall of famer of the BCRA.

He will be missed by his Tuesday Lunch Crowd but mostly by his family. There will be a Send Off for Bob at Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland, Monday, July 14th from 1-5pm. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the American Cancer Society would be preferred.