Army veteran and U of R graduate taught in San Bernardino schools

Robert Rutherford

Robert Arthur Rutherfurd, a graduate of the University of Redlands who taught in San Bernardino city schools, died at his home on March 4, 2020. He was 88.

Born on May 17, 1931, to Arthur and Lillian Rutherfurd, he was a lifelong resident of San Bernardino. After graduating from the U of R in 1953, he was drafted into the Army and sent to Japan.

He served in the headquarters division of the First Calvary and volunteered to teach an English class to medical students at Tohoku University, near Sendai. This resulted in many lasting friendships, and in later years, visits to his home in San Bernardino by these former students.

When he returned from Japan, Rutherfurd began teaching in the San Bernardino city schools. In the 1980s drawing on his classroom experience, he created educational materials that were published by Harcourt Brace. He worked with CAN (Clean Air Now), a Riverside-based group to promote legislation to control air pollution.

He is survived by Ellie, his wife of 65 years; three sons, Rob (wife Cathy) of Windsor, Keith (wife Cindy) of Irvine and Ken (wife Regine) of Aliso Viejo; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother David (wife Donna) of San Bernardino. Services will be held at a later time.