ROUDEBUSH, GEORGE MILTON (25 Jan. 1894-29 Feb. 1992), athlete and Cleveland lawyer for 73 years, was born in Newtonville, Ohio, the son of George Milton and Rose Patchel Roudebush. He attended Denison University where he was all-Ohio Conference in football and lettered in basketball, baseball, and tennis. He graduated in 1915 with a BPh. degree, followed by an LLB degree from the University of Cincinnati. During WORLD WAR I, he served as an army Captain in France for 18 months.
Coming to Cleveland, Roudebush began his law practice in 1919 with Snyder, Henry Thomsen, Ford, & Seagrave, becoming a specialist in in public finance and taxation. Later he was senior partner in Roudebush, Brown, Corlett & Ulrich which merged with ARTER & HADDEN in 1986. As chairman of the Chamber of Commerce committee on taxation in the 1930s, he favored repealing the enabling act which allowed cities to vote taxes for relief purposes. Roudebush successfully combined his law career with athletics, playing professional football and basketball in Dayton during the 1920s and officiating at college football and baseball games. In 1929 he and Harold Lowe won Cleveland's tennis doubles championship. In 1975, he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Denison University.
Roudebush married Harriette McCann in Dayton 28 June 1924, and they had three children, Jane Daganhardt of Dayton, George M. III of Chardon, and Thomas of Overland Park, Kansas. A resident of SHAKER HTS., he died in Chardon and was buried at Maple Grove Cemetery, Licking County, Ohio.