OBITUARY

Ted H. Rudd MD

March 6, 1937November 16, 2012

Ted Rudd, MD

Theodore Hubert Rudd was born March 6, 1937 in Yakima, Washington. He passed away November 16, 2012 as the result of an auto accident.

Ted was raised in Naches Heights on his parents, Hubert and Marie Rudd’s apple ranch. As a boy he worked on the ranch, and was active in Scouting where he earned his Eagle Scout award. At Highland High School he was elected honorary captain of the football team his senior year. He also ran track and played saxophone in the school band.

After high school he attended Washington State University, where he was proud to be a Cougar, and graduated with a degree in zoology under the tutelage of Herb Eastlick and other fine instructors. His love of the sciences led him to confirm his dream of becoming a physician and he was accepted into the University of Washington Medical School, where he graduated with his M.D degree in 1963.

After an internship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, he completed a tour in the Air Force as a Captain on the medical service at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. He then returned to Yakima, where he entered Private Practice, initially as a family physician, sharing his Westpark office in those years with Dr. Richard Stiles. After several years in family practice, he elected to pursue further training, and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah.

After completing training he returned to Yakima, where he would practice throughout his career until retirement in 2006. Ted was a proud contributor in the Yakima Valley OBGYN community. He served as president of the Washington State Obstetric Association, and was President of the Yakima County Medical Society for a number of years. He gave generously of his time supporting the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, was involved in the Planned Parenthood Program for many years, and taught residents in the Yakima Valley Family Practice residency.

Ted enjoyed skiing at White Pass and boating in the San Juan Islands. He has a special place in his heart for animals and was an avid supporter of the Humane Society.

Ted is survived by his loving wife, Joan, his children, Ted (Nadia), Eric (Jane) and Holly, his grandchildren Megan, Katie, Eric, Bailey, Tyler, Erin, Katya and Joe, his sister, Ruth (George) Munko.

The family plans to hold a celebration of his life at a later date. To celebrate the life of Dr. Rudd and share a memory visit www.keithandkeith.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Memorial Foundation, Yakima Regional Hospital or the Humane Society of Yakima.

Services

  • Reception Saturday, January 5, 2013
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Andrew Whitmont

January 5, 2013

Ted was an enthusiastic skiier. I first met him on a European ski trip and became his ski buddy at Chamonix, France. We got lost in the fog and skied Courmayour, Italy with Joan. We got stuck in a blizzard together, and told tall tales about skiing while we sat out the storm in the lodge. He always wanted to get a pair of Strolz Austrian ski boots, like the ones I had, and I encouraged him to get a pair, but I think he quit skiing before he could get them.


So long, Ted, may you find smooth slopes where you're headed.

Charlotte Caton

January 5, 2013

My husband Jim Caton and myself, Charlotte (Cox)Caton, both attended the Highland school district where Ted himself, along with the Rudd family and their children, attended. So we all grew up in this area together. I'm proud to say, Ted was our friend. Whenever I was placed in the Memorial Hospital in Yakima, there a voice would come in the dark of the late night, that whispered softly saying..."Charlotte, Charlotte, wake up....Charlotte, it's Ted". I would eventully wake up and ask.."Ted who"? Ted would say.."Charlotte, it's Ted Rudd, how are you doing"? I'd answer him with..."Ted, not so good, I'm in the hospital". But Ted somehow found the time to stop and visit and check me out every time I ended up in the hopital. I told him we had to quit meeting like this. He only laughed. Whenever I asked why he was there, he would answer with, "I just delivered a baby and saw your name on the admittance list, so came to see how you're doing". I'd explain my problem and after a short whispered visit he'd be gone. Yes, Ted shows me he cared. I enjoyed his humor too. We had many laughs together. I'm still in shock that he's passed on. Shouldn't have happened that way. All these years I find myself still wondering, Why did we always whisper? Maybe he was hiding out,Ha, who knows, but we whispered every time he visited with me. I had planned on attending Ted's Reception, but Jim has his Dialysis treatment on Saturdays and I take him, stay awhile then pick him back up, so the timing is just wrong for either of us to attend. Know my heart is with all of you. I especailly would have liked to of seen Ted's son Eric and family and his sister Ruthie. But know my prayers are with all of you and all your family. May you be blessed in the coming months ahead. Know you're in my heart and I'm thinking about all of you at this time. Sad yes, but good memories live on. Know that Ted will always live in your heart. He'll forever be with you. Love, Charlotte, and Jim too.

Darlene Bartlett

January 3, 2013

My favorite memory is seeing Dr. Rudd hold his grand-daughter, Bailey Nicole. I have photo somewhere. My heart goes out to you all, I wish I could attend and hug my beautiful niece. All my love and prayers during this tragic loss.

Ms. Gonzales

December 30, 2012

My girls and I were blessed to have had Dr. Rudd in our lives. He delivered my girls 10 years apart and remembered me all those years later. My first was born on his birthday, I never knew that. He was the type of doctor a person could be completely honest with, he was caring and protective. Yakima has truly lost one of its greatest assets. RIP Dr. Rudd, I was so lucky to have you in our lives.

Maria Julia Caravia Kline Fusselman

December 24, 2012

You were a man of integrity and this Valley is going to miss you! You did a lot for the Medical Community and you're missed!!
Maria Julia Caravia Kline- Fusselman

MARIE STILTNER

December 11, 2012

DR RUDD WAS A GOOD FRINDS TO MY FAMILY HE WAS GOOG DORTOR MY GRANSON WAS IS LAST ONE IN 2004 AND HE DO A GOOD JOB AND I MISS HIM SO MUCK IAMSO SORRY TO HIS FAMILY LOVE MARIE STILTNER 12 11 2012

Jennifer Allison-Oord

December 5, 2012

Dr. Rudd gave me my miracle baby boy Keith almost 15 years ago. After being told my genetic specialists that Keith would have special needs, Dr. Rudd supported my husband and I as we continued on. After an emergency c-section where my son's life and mine were in grave danger, he delivered a perfectly healthy boy with no special needs at 9am on Feb. 28, 1998. He took great care of us during the pregrency and through the delivery, and saying thank you doesn't seem to be enough.We thank God for him everyday, and for Dr. Rudd believing in the miracle of life. Please accept my condolences during this time.

Jennifer Allison-Oord

December 5, 2012

Dr. Rudd gave me my miracle baby boy Keith almost 15 years ago. After being told my genetic specialists that Keith would have special needs, Dr. Rudd supported my husband and I as we continued on. After an emergency c-section where my son's life and mine were in grave danger, he delivered a perfectly healthy boy with no special needs at 9am on Feb. 28, 1998. He took great care of us during the pregrency and through the delivery, and saying thank you doesn't seem to be enough. Keith's favorite classes are science, debate, and engineering. He plays baseball and video games, has the kindest heart, and is our joy. We thank God for him everyday, and for Dr. Rudd believing in the miracle of life. Please accept my condolences during this time. God bless you.

Maria & Fred Fusselman

December 1, 2012

Sorry Ted, we were not able to go to Cuba in your sailboat....who knows maybe by now you have gone......
You delivered my daughter, Olimpia in 1976 and
took care of me throughout difficult problems.
Thank you for being a great OB/Gyn and friend.
It was hard seeing you at the hospital laying there with the respirator and all the equipment.
My heart went out to Holly, Joan and Vicki....
Thank you for all the great care that you gave to all of your patients. May God keep you in his loving arms. Fred and I give our condolences to all of your family.

Jennifer (Jenny Stiles) Woodkey

December 1, 2012

Oh Dearest Vicki,
How I fondly remember you and Ted at the office, sending me to the restroom with the funky wallpaper and pink sink! I miss you enthusiasm. Love you!