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In Memoriam: Charles “Ted” Bush


Charles Edward “Ted” Bush III

Nov. 15, 2013 – Charles Edward “Ted” Bush III (’62 B.S. in forestry) of Washington, Ga., passed away on Aug. 23 at the age of 72. Bush began his professional forestry career as an area manager with Continental Can Co. Inc. in Warrenton, Ga., in 1966 after serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, and worked for the company for 20 years. He went on to become president and CEO of Canal Forest Resources Inc. in Charlotte, N.C., in 1987, and co-founded Bush & Cooney LLC in Charlotte in 1999. In 2005, he established Bush Forestry International as an independent forestry consulting organization. He was an active member of the Georgia Forestry Association, the Forest Landowners Association, and the Association of Consulting Foresters of America.

Bush completed the Education for Ministry program through the University of the South’s School of Theology and was involved with Prison Fellowship Ministry for many years. He published his first book, “Saved Is Not Home Free,” in 2010, donating all profits to his favorite charities.

“Ted served on the school’s advisory committee as an effective leader of the program for many years and was recognized as the key alumni leader in getting the school elevated to college status in 1992,” said John Hosner, retired director of the School of Forestry and Wildlife, which later became the college. “He made things happen!”

“Ted Bush was a highly successful graduate and staunch supporter of the forestry program here at Virginia Tech,” added University Distinguished Professor Harold Burkhart. “He excelled in his profession and served his alma mater in numerous ways. His life exemplified the university motto Ut Prosim [That I May Serve].”

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