Rita J. Bush, a former National Security Agency research analyst and former Columbia resident, died of kidney cancer July 25 at her home in Atlanta. She was 74.
Rita Jerrehian was born and raised in Philadelphia. She was a 1954 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in international studies.
She worked at the NSA at Fort Meade from 1957 to 1977.
In 1971, she married Roderick Duane Bush, a fellow NSA employee, who survives her.
Mrs. Bush had been an active member of the League of Women Voters of Howard County and St. Mary's Armenian Apostolic Church in Washington, where she was a Sunday school teacher.
Since 2005, she lived in Atlanta, where she helped tutor autistic children. She was an avid reader and traveler.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Jonathan E. Bush of Atlanta; a daughter, Joanna Adrienne Bush of Los Angeles; and two grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday in Atlanta.