Public education advocate and activist Phyllis Bush, who died March 19 at the age of 75, was named this year's recipient of the J. Edward Roush Service Award presented by the 3rd Congressional District Democratic Party.
The party honored Bush posthumously at an April 27 dinner at the Eagle Glen Clubhouse in Columbia City. The annual award is for "contribution of time, talent and treasure" to 3rd District Democrats, said Misti Meehan, Allen County Democratic chairwoman.
Bush had taught English at South Side High School in Fort Wayne, founded Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education and was a board member for the Network for Public Education.
Bush "demonstrated steadfast dedication to the betterment of the education system for all people," Meehan said in her remarks at the dinner.
"Whether writing and organizing for the cause or holding a sign, Phyllis wanted people to know what is happening in their community. ... She participated in any way she could and was always willing to help," Meehan said.
The award is named after the Democratic congressman who represented northeast Indiana in the U.S. House from 1959 through 1968 and from 1971 through 1976. Roush, a Huntington resident who died in 2004, is best known for his legislative work to create the 911 emergency telephone system, build flood control reservoirs in Indiana and develop the nation's space exploration program.