Ruud 2009 McCann recipient

Lifelong Auburn resident ‘stunned’ by award
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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This year’s Vernon Gould McCann Award shines light on a “behind the scenes” community man. Lifelong Auburn resident Bart Ruud is the 2009 recipient of Auburn’s most prestigious award that honors those who dedicated an extraordinary amount of time to community service. Ruud said Monday he was “stunned” to hear the news. “I have to say I’m almost breathless,” Ruud said. “I’m very humbled and I’m almost speechless. This recognition speaks to some of the most influential citizens who ever called Auburn their home.” Community members and leaders who nominated Ruud described him as someone who always volunteers on almost every project and is eager to take on the least popular jobs that are hard to fill. They also hailed the Vietnam veteran’s more than 30 years with Sierra College as first a teacher and then later a counselor to young veterans looking for guidance as they assimilated back into civilian life. “Bart Ruud exemplifies the spirit of the McCann award,” said Deric Rothe, Auburn Journal editor and general manager. “His extensive community service work is selfless and impressive. What stood out for me were his efforts on behalf of veterans. He has personally been there for troops when they return from service and has diligently worked to make their transition back to civilian life easier.” Ruud will be honored at the annual Auburn State of the Community Dinner April 17. For more information and tickets, contact the Auburn Chamber of Commerce at (530) 885-5616. The Journal’s Jenifer Gee can be reached at or post a comment.