E. Edgar Ruebush, veterinary surgeon

E. Edgar Ruebush

E. Edgar Ruebush, a veterinary surgeon who was the owner and director of the Ambassador Animal Hospital in Silver Spring from 1943 until his retirement in 1987, died June 20 at the Sunrise senior living community in Washington. He was 92.

The cause was complications from dementia, said his daughter Valerie Grace.

According to his daughter, Dr. Ruebush helped treat two presidents’ dogs: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Scottish terrier Fala and one of Lyndon B. Johnson’s pet beagles. He once helped operate on a white tiger at the National Zoo, his family said.

Ephraim Edgar Ruebush Jr., a native Washingtonian, was a 1938 graduate of Roosevelt High School and earned a degree in veterinary medicine from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. His father, Dr. E. Edgar Ruebush, was also a Washington veterinary surgeon.

During World War II, he served in Army Veterinary Corps.

Dr. Ruebush and his wife were former owners of the Aspin Hill Pet Cemetery, thought to be the country’s second-oldest pet burial grounds. The pair sold the cemetery in 1988.

He was a founder and former president of what is now the District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine and past president of the American Animal Hospital Association. His other memberships included the Maryland State Veterinary Medical Association, the Silver Spring Rotary Club and Manor Country Club in Aspen Hill.

His wife of 65 years, June Gay Ruebush, died in 2008. Survivors include three daughters, Judith Townsend of Camp Hill, Pa., Shari Gay of Watertown, Mass., and Valerie Grace of Chevy Chase; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Megan McDonough

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