George Rudy was a one-of-a-kind person and activist who worked relentlessly on behalf of the citizens of Frederick County and the region. In his professional life, Rudy was a nuclear systems expert specializing in assessing risks in the industry. He brought this interest in public health and safety risk assessment to his volunteer efforts within the environmental community in Frederick County and the region.
Among the many issues he worked on were the Monocacy River, Fort Detrich, Walkersville’s water treatment plant, the gas pipeline proposed to run under the Potomac, Rt. 270 and mass transit opportunities,and the proposed incinerator project. He wrote and shared countless memos and white papers detailing specific suggestions to fix environmental problems in Frederick and in Maryland, on a great variety of subjects.
Despite his physical disability at the end of his life, George made his way to countless meetings, even where the accessibility for the handicapped was unavailable or challenging at best. He was tireless in his advocacy, sometimes appearing at different public evening meetings three times a week and often during the day as well. He demonstrated his passion for the environment until the day he died, which happened suddenly on January 13th of this year. The Smarter Growth Alliance member organizations (which includes Friends of Frederick County) decided to plant 3 trees in Rudy’s honor in a Frederick park (trees and technical guidance provided by Stream Link Education). There will also be a plaque in front of the trees to honor Rudy; donations accepted to help cover the cost of the plaque.