Our sincerest condolences go out to the entire family and friends of Colonel Pierce Albert Rushton, Jr. As a West Point Admissions Officer, selected for this position by Colonel Rushton, I worked directly for Colonel Rushton for three years from 1980-1983. He was my most memorable mentor by giving me the most challenging jobs in the USMA Admissions Office. I learned so very much about Recruiting, Management and Leadership directly from him and learned how to administer Assessment Centers. RIP.
I can certainly remember Colonel Pierce Rushton. It just seems like yesterday! Thirty Seven years ago in 1981, I was a senior in High School back in the Hudson River Valley of NY. I lived and grew up in Town of Poughkeepsie.
I was the one who called this past fall 2018, and forwarded some mailings of West Point and condolences. Yes, I spoke with Mrs. Rushton and “A small world and I know Colonel Elliot Fishburne ‘s ( USMA 1962) family residing in Highland Falls, NY and West Point, NY. “ I started visiting West Point when I was eight years old in 1971, and I watched General Caslen’s USMA 1975 Class March the Plebe Parent Weekend Parade on a cold windy winter day,and I was the one who applied to USMA three times.
I remember Colonel Rushton when he was working USMA admissions officer duty at West Point, NY. This was before he became Director of Admissions. I was waiting in his office for my admissions officers : Brigadier General Earl Simms ( then Major , Adjuant General) , and Captain Alphonse Maldon. Back then the USMA Admissions Dept was located in Taylor Headquarters Bldg at West Point.
I thought of Colonel Rushton as a great leader and officer, and counselor, and an inspiration!
I also had to be prepared in the life’s reality for event I was not accepted to West Point. Still I graduated with three degrees from three Universities, played sports : Football, Track on collegiate level ,and served in the military.
Not only was it an inspiration in meeting Colonel Pierce Rushton, but it is a Great Blessing and Tribute to me as well! We learn from our life’s experiences. When I was a little boy, I would cry and cry over death when a life has passed. I also would be sad when someone passes away.
“ On a nice bright sunny day ,while standing at attention or taking a walk, as the tears in my eyes turn dry as I know the familiar sound of Taps touches my mind: I am sure that I can momentarily break my military bearing , and slip a quick smile off the happy occurrence I had to meet Colonel Rushton at West Point, and the Happy memories of a person in life, and appreciate the colorful and wonderful Military Career of Colonel Pierce Al Rushton in attributes of Duty Honor Country!”
My civil service career began in 1984 at the Directorate of Admissions, United States Military Academy, West Point while COL Rushton was the Director. The leadership there molded me into the professional I am today. Peace Love Comfort to all who love this great Soldier.
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