John Rush grew up in New York City. He graduated from Brooklyn Tech, an engineering school, and majored in Industrial Design, and he also attended Pratt Institute's School of Interior Design. While living off campus, he restored the historic brownstone he occupied. He had excellent design instructors, who led tours of some of the region's great architecture. Later, he majored in cultural and art history, graduating in 1973.
He moved to San Diego that year, and soon began a lifelong career in graphics and printing. He was fortunate to have studied directly with the quality management guru, W. Edwards Deming. That led to achieving certification from the International Standards Organization, and becoming a supplier to international manufacturers and biomedical clients, while maintaining a strong local presence. His company was awarded the Blue Chip Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Total Excellence In Management Award from the San Diego Business Journal, and the Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau.
He served on the board of the San Diego Historical Society and was a member of the Friends of the Marston House, which first introduced him to SOHO. His current community involvement includes serving on the boards of Classics 4 Kids, Saint Paul's Senior Services, and The Foundation for the Children of The Californias. He is also Chairman of the San Diego Kiwanis International Children's Services Committee, a member of the Charity Ball committee for Rady Children's Hospital, and the Reality Changers Action Team.
He and Bonnie are advocates of Balboa Park. They live across the street from it, and are members of the Zoo, most of its cultural institutions, and enjoy the Old Globe. They believe that SOHO saved Balboa Park from becoming inconsistent with the park's intended purpose.