Deceased January 21, 2023

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In Memory

John Raushenbush died on Jan. 21 after a brief illness. John came from a famous family, including eminent theologian Walter Rauschenbusch and Justice Louis Brandeis. His father, Carl 1922, was a brilliant economist; his mother, Esther, was a professor and, for several years in the 1960s, president of Sarah Lawrence.

John entered the class of 1957 from the George School. He was with us for only a year but made his mark as an English scholar, money bridge player, and member of the freshman soccer and tennis teams. I was the second-rate goalie for our soccer team while John was our star center halfback, and we developed a close lifelong friendship.

John completed his education with a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. from the University of Minnesota. He went on to a distinguished career in secondary school education, capped by 17 years as headmaster of Cincinnati Country Day School, whose current headmaster says that the school “will always be indebted to John … [whose] legacy remains visible to this day.”

John was a world traveler and an essayist, photographer and raconteur par excellence. But his primary focus was always on his family. He and Marcia, his beloved wife of 63 years, had four children: Christine Saudek, of Baltimore; Robin Koval, of Crested Butte, Colo.; Lisa Pettengill, of Cincinnati; and Tom, of Denver. They have also been blessed with eight grandchildren. All those descendants had highly successful academic and athletic careers at mostly NESCAC colleges, including Williams (but not Amherst). As a capstone to their family travel adventures, John and Marcia and all 15 offspring, spouses and grandchildren went on a long African safari just a few months ago.

John had a life well lived, and we who knew him will miss him greatly.

Sandy Gadsby ’57