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Rudy Rousseau
Viewing: September 4, 2018 (Tuesday) from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Service: September 4, 2018 (Tuesday) at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Our Lady of Victory Church


Rudy Rousseau, 71, died on Sunday, August 26, 2018.  Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Evelyn Altemeyer and Rudolph Rousseau, he attended public schools in Madeira, Ohio, playing on the high school football and baseball teams.  He graduated from Ohio University’s Honors College where he was an Ohio Fellow.  After an internship in the Secretary of State’s office in Washington, he studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, spending a summer researching his master’s thesis in Ibadan, Nigeria.  He returned to Washington as a Congressional Fellow, completed his doctorate at the Fletcher School, and worked for Senator James Pearson of Kansas, drafting the Amateur Athletic Act.  From 1974 to 1981 he worked for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, handling foreign economic aid and traveling extensively in Asia, Africa, and Central America.  In 1982, he accepted a position at the Central Intelligence Agency.  After 9/11, he served in the Counterterrorism Center, preparing the Agency’s response to the 9/11 Commission.  Retiring from CIA in 2006, he taught in Georgetown University’s International Security Studies Program. 

Rudy leaves his wife Ellen Kane, their two sons, Dirk and Peter Rousseau, of Washington, DC, two sisters Jan Rousseau of West Rutland, Vermont, and Joyce Bartlett (Dennis) of Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, and a large extended family. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 am on Tuesday, September 4, at Our Lady of Victory Church, 4835 MacArthur Blvd, NW, Washington DC 20007.  Visitation with the family will take place before Mass at 11:00 am in the Church. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to OxFam ( 

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