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04/30/17 - NNHS Newsletter - John Rouse

John Dashiell Rouse
(20 June 1950 - 26 Apr 2017)

Ferguson High School Class of 1968

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    There is yet more sad news this Sunday.
John Rouse, Ferguson High School Class of 1968, passed away at home in San Francisco on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the age of 66.

    Son of the late Dashiell Rouse (Class of February 1937), who was killed in Korea in 1950, he was also preceded in death by his uncle, Randy Rouse, Class of @ 1935, who just passed away in Arlington on Friday, April 07, 2017. He was also the nephew of William Rouse (February '42) of Northern VA, and of the late Parke Rouse (Class of @ 1933).

From The Daily Press - 04/30/17:

         John Dashiell Rouse
      SAN FRANCISCO - John Dashiell Rouse, M.D., June 20, 1950 - April 26, 2017

John Dashiell Rouse, MD, son of Anne Colonna Rouse Burnette and the late John Dashiell Rouse, passed away peacefully at his home in San Francisco April 26, after an illness of several months.

A Newport News native, John graduated from Ferguson High School and Yale University. While at Yale he sang in the Freshmen Glee Club, the Spizzwinks, the University Chapel Choir, the Yale Glee Club and the Whiffenpoofs. He later became a founding member and longtime tenor soloist with the Yale Alumni Chorus, a group that traveled worldwide, most recently performing in Hanoi and Singapore. John also performed for forty years in the San Francisco Bay area as a tenor soloist with the Lamplighters Music Theatre, where he made many lifelong friends.

He attended the University of Virginia Medical School and did his residency in psychiatry at Mount Zion in San Francisco. John spent most of his career as an Attending Psychiatrist in Psychiatric Emergency Services at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital. He was recently promoted to full Professor at UCSF and particularly enjoyed teaching bright young enthusiastic residents.

John Rouse
In 2015, the Physicians' Organizing Committee honored him with its Civic Engagement Award "in recognition of his active participation in advocating for the mental health needs of the seriously mentally ill and his activist stance in demanding that government entities live up to their responsibilities to the needs of the mentally ill." 

After John's father died in the Korean War his mother married the late Marcus Clifton "Cliff" Burnette in 1958. John is survived by his mother, his sister Sarah Burnette Conrad (Roger) and their children Nate, Annlouise and Stuart of Alexandria, VA, as well as by many Burnette, Colonna and Rouse cousins.

John was a legendary host and cook. He and sister Sarah co-hosted many memorable family celebrations for the extended Burnette and Rouse families on the east coast. They vacationed together every year. He will be greatly missed by all.

There will be a celebration of Rouse's life at a future date on both east and west coasts.

His remains will be buried at the Rouse gravesite in Smithfield, Virginia.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Newport News, where John sang as a child and later performed many tenor solos at Christmas and other special occasions, including his sister's wedding in 1990 and his step-father's funeral in 2015. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on April 30, 2017.
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April 30, 2017

I'm sorry for the loss of Dr Rouse.
I feel like we literally crossed paths. I was born at Mt. Zion Hospital in 1951 and was raised in San Francisco. I've worked almost my whole professional career in Newport News at the shipyard.
He sounds like he was a great guy.

~ Mark Van Raam, Hampton, Virginia

April 30, 2017
It is so hard to sum up John in a few words. A mensch, amazing doctor, kind person, funny man with that twinkle in his eye. He always had a moment for you and talked many of us off the ledge more times than I can count. He was the heart of the Yale alumni chorus and I know we will carry him in our hearts forever, esp on the upcoming tour which he helped produce. We love you and will miss you, John!

~ Rita Helfand, Atlanta, Georgia

April 30, 2017

My late husband, Dr Jack Randolph Conrad, and I shared beach vacations on the Outer Banks with John, the Burnette family, Sarah, and our son Roger. John was always the master chef and I will never forget his Boeuf Wellington. So many happy memories to cherish.

~ Madelyn Conrad, Memphis, Tennessee

April 30, 2017

So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.

~ Griffin

April 30, 2017

We traveled together through med school and onto California in 1976. Wish we had kept up more through the years. Via con Dios, John.

~ John Maddox, Poquoson, V

April 30, 2017
Ride the Chariot...Hitch your wagon to a star.......

~ Sean Maher, New Haven, Connecticut

April 30, 2017
John was a delightful travel companion on YAC trips and an extraordinary talent. Gone far too soon. So sorry for your loss.

~ Bonnie, Brooklyn, New York

May 01, 2017
John was such a sweet man, and I am sorry that he had to depart this life so young. Many memories of our days at Lamplighter's. RIP, dear John.

~ Kate Doyle Brown, Madison, Indiana

May 01, 2017
So sad to have to say goodby to such a talented and loving young man. I knew John when he was a young boy, singing in the childrens' choir at St. Andrews. My heart goes out to his mom and all his family and friends.

~ Betty Abbitt Hayes, Newport News, V

May 01, 2017   
Farewell, gentle Spizzwink.

~ Marty Amick, St Davids, Bermuda

May 02, 2017

May 02, 2017

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to John's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Text by Martin Janus (1832-1909), 1661
English version (which does not correspond to the original German) probably by Robert S. Bridges (1844-1930)

Music by Johann Schop (@1590-1667)
Arranged by Johann Sebastian Bach (31 Mar 1685 – 28 July 1750), 1723

Jesu, joy of man’s desiring,
Holy wisdom, love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round Thy throne.

Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings;
Where the flock, in Thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty’s fairest pleasure;
Theirs is wisdom’s holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown.

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