Jack Bush’s death is community’s loss


The death of Jack Bush on Sept. 1 is a loss to St. Ambrose University and the entire Quad-City community.

Jack graduated from St. Ambrose Academy in 1948. He was a member of the St. Ambrose Board of Directors from 1987 until 2002, serving on the executive committee and as chair of the advancement committee. Jack received an honorary degree from St. Ambrose in May of 1994 in recognition of his commitment to higher education, leadership and service to our community.  He was a co-chair for the $20.5 million library campaign. In April of 2009, he was appointed a trustee emeritus. 

A longtime champion of Catholic education, Jack received the prestigious Elizabeth Ann Seton Award in October 2004, in Washington D.C.  Sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award is the highest honor given by the NCEA to individuals whose philanthropy and volunteer service have impacted Catholic education.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire campus community, I extend our heartfelt sympathy to Jack’s daughter, Barb Johnson, who currently serves on our Board of Trustees, and to the entire Bush family. 


Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, president

St. Ambrose University, Davenport

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