June 12, 2008


Memorial services for George Fullen Rudy, 88, Tyler, TX, were held April 28, 2008, at Marvin United Methodist Church Sanctuary with Dr. John Robbins officiating. A reception was held following services at the church.

Mr. Rudy died April 25, 2008, in Tyler, TX, and donated his body to Southwestern Medical School.

He was born September 2, 1919, in Memphis, MO to the late George Washington and Minnie Beatrice Fullen Rudy.

He graduated from Memphis, MO High School in May 1937. He then entered Tyler Junior College and lived with his aunt and uncle, Harlie and Harrietta Clark, who had resided in Tyler since the oil boom days of 1929. While at TJC he was active in speech and debate and a member of Las Mascaras and the debate team. He graduated from TJC in 1939 and entered University of Texas at Austin.

He enlisted in U.S. Army Air Corps in October 1941 and served as a weather observer in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands through 1945, receiving an honorary discharge of the warís end.

He married Pauline Welch of Champaign, IL, in 1945 and returned to the University of Texas of Austin to complete his degree.

Entering UT Law School in Austin in 1945, he graduated and passed the Texas State Bar Exam in 1947. He returned to Tyler, TX, where he was employed as assistant prosecuting attorney with Smith County Attorney offices. In 1951 he was hired by Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas as Assistant Legal Counsel, appointed to the Board of Governors of Federal Reserve System as Special Counsel for one year in 1955. He chaired or served on 10 or more Federal Reserve Committees seeking solutions for banks conducting business for the Reserve Banks.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline; daughter, Mary Bea Rudy (Jack) McCambridge of Longview, TX; son, Clark Rudy (Cindy) of Temple, TX; sister, Betty Rudy Bower (Louis) of Tyler, TX; grandchildren, Courtney Pearson of Marshall, TX, Morgan Rudy and Brandon Rudy of Temple, TX; niece, Susan Bower Astroff (Barry) of Leawood, KS, and nephews, Dr. Kevin Rudy Bower of Southlake, TX. Kent Andrew Bower (Carrie) of Abilene, TX; six great-nieces and one great-nephew. He was a nephew of Grace Rudy and a cousin of Nelda Rudy Billups of Memphis, MO.

A member of Marvin United Methodist Church serving on the Finance Committee, he was a member of the Crusaders Sunday School Class. He attained rank of Eagle Scout in high school and saw his son, Clark, earn Eagle Scout rank, served in Scout troop leadership, and attended Philmont Boy Scout Jamboree with his son and his troop.

At 88 years and legally blind from macular degeneration. He was a regular attendee of Kiwanis, a menís Bible class at Marvin United Methodist Church Crusaders Sunday School Class, served on the Marvin Finance Committee, and was regular at Marvin Sunday Church services and Sunday School. He was a member of the Tyler Masonic Lodge 1233, the Dallas Masonic Lodge, the Dallas Consistory (Dallas and Tyler) and a 50-year member of Dallas Scottish Rite. In earlier years he was an active volunteer with PATH, Hospice and East Texas Food Bank.

An avid reader, he kept up with recent economic and foreign affairs through the U.S. Library of Congress audio books for blind. Always an encourager, he was proud of his education through Tyler Junior College and The University of Texas at Austin. Enjoyed visiting with anyone and was known for a keen sense of humor!

Honorary pallbearers included Jake Jacobson, Keating Zeppa, Bill Gibson, Craig Adams, David Traff, Tommy Chambers, and Bill Flanigan.

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