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A message from the Charleston Area Alliance


John Ruddick, from left, poses with Jack Cavender, Mark Davis and Alliance chairman Patrick Bond, after being honored with the James R. Thomas Outstanding Volunteer award at the “We Love Our Community” Awards in March 2013.

The Charleston Area Alliance announces with great sadness the passing of Alliance board member John Ruddick

Ruddick had a long history with the Alliance and one of its predecessor organizations, the Charleston Renaissance Corporation. He served as treasurer for the Charleston Renaissance for many years. He was also on the transition team for the merger of Charleston Renaissance, the Business and Industrial Development Corporation (BIDCO) and the Charleston Chamber of Commerce.

Once the merger took place, Ruddick continued his service on the Alliance Board of Directors and was active on the Community Development Committee, where he served as the volunteer chair for more than six years.

“John was a steady, consistent advocate for enhancing the Charleston area’s quality of life,” said Susie Salisbury, Alliance vice president of community development. “He was well known for wanting umbrella tables up and down Capitol Street. He always wanted to create a vibrant downtown.”

Ruddick served on several boards, including the WV Public Employees Insurance Agency, the WV State Chamber of Commerce, the WV Special Olympics and the Marshall Artist Series. He was also the past chairman of the Education Alliance board of directors and the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce.

Last March, Ruddick’s tireless work was honored with the James R. Thomas Outstanding Volunteer award at the Alliance’s “We Love Our Community” Awards event.

The success of the Alliance today can be attributed to the visionary work of leaders such as Ruddick. We honor his legacy and join with the rest of the community in extending our deepest sympathy to his family at this sorrowful time.

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admin in Announcements on January 24 2014 » 2 comments
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  1. Patty ruddick says on January 25 2014 at 11:11 am:

    Thank you for posting this. John enjoyed working with all of you at the Alliance and was honored that you recognized his work last year.

  2. Amanda Ruddick Barone says on January 25 2014 at 3:17 pm:

    Thank you for writing such a beautiful article about my dad. He was very honored to receive that award last year.