Dr. Thomas M. Rutherford


Dr. Thomas M. Rutherford passed away on May 31, 2022, at the age of 88 of congestive heart failure. Rutherford was born on February 4, 1934, in Weston, W. Va. to O. R. Rutherford and Belle L. Rutherford.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Beverly Rinehart Rutherford; two sons: Dr. Eric Rutherford (wife Becky), of Bonita Springs, Florida, and Kurt Rutherford (wife Pam), of Bel Air, Maryland; and one daughter, Lori Rutherford Gough (husband Timothy), of Annapolis, Maryland; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Roland Rutherford.

A 1952 graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School, 1956 graduate West Virginia Wesleyan College with a BS degree in Chemistry, and 1960 graduate from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland with a DDS degree.

He was a member of the American Dental Society, Maryland Dental Society and the Harford County Dental Society. He was a past President of the Joppatowne Lions Club and a member of the Maryland Golf and Country Club.

After two years in the Army Dental Corps, he practiced dentistry for 30 years in Joppatowne, Md., and retired in 1993. He maintained residences in Florida and Maryland, where he enjoyed golf and traveling.

An outstanding athlete, he was an All-State basketball player, All State baseball twice, and All Conference in both sports in college. He was a charter member of the B-UHS Athletic Hall of Fame and is in West Virginia Wesylan’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

He was once called by the legendary coach Frank Feola the “greatest all-around athlete to ever come out of Buckhannon, W. Va.”

He loved hunting and ocean fishing, obtaining a captain’s license and chartered his own boat, and did a lot of offshore big game fishing out of Ocean City, Md.

He was most proud of his family: three children, who are all successful in life, have raised good families and all of the children and grandchildren are college graduates.

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