IBC Bank Mourns Passing of Fred W. Rusteberg
(July 21, 2020) LAREDO, Texas - IBC Bank is mourning the loss of banking veteran, community leader and founding President and CEO of IBC Bank-Brownsville Fred W. Rusteberg, who passed away over the weekend.
Rusteberg retired in 2016, after more than four decades in the banking industry. He founded the first IBC Bank in Cameron County, the fourth IBC Bank in the International Bancshares Corporation, in 1984. During his tenure, he grew the bank to the high-performing institution it is today with 12 banking facilities and more than $1 billion in assets. After retiring as CEO, Rusteberg served as Chairman Emeritus of the IBC Bank-Brownsville Board.
"Fred was an outstanding citizen, family man, leader and a solid example of IBC Bank's ‘We Do More' mission. He worked, lived and gave to his community under the moniker of Mr. Brownsville. Above all, Fred was a communicator. He loved people and wanted to help build a future for everyone he touched. He was a champion for everyone in Brownsville and Matamoros and took great pride in the fact that he was fluent in Spanish allowing him to communicate on both sides of the border, truly representing IBC Bank's international roots." said IBC Bank Chairman and CEO Dennis E. Nixon. "I'm honored to have had the opportunity to work with him for so many decades. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this sad time. This is truly a loss for our entire community."
During his 40-plus years in banking, Rusteberg was also dedicated to the progress and development of the Brownsville community. He was the founding chairman of "Brownsville First," a grassroots community effort created in 1990 that successfully petitioned for Brownsville voters to approve a half-cent sales tax for economic development efforts, including a bond issue for economic development and quality of life projects, which the community continues to enjoy today. Before he began his banking career, Rusteberg worked as assistant port director for the Port of Brownsville and as project director for the Brownsville-Matamoros Railroad Relocation project, helping develop a $50 million pilot demonstration project. This resulted in the relocation of the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific rail yards and rail transportation from the center of Brownsville.
Rusteberg was also an active member of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Strategic Planning Community and served on numerous other councils and boards that directly impacted the community, including the University of Texas-Brownville Development Board, Brownsville Community Foundation, Brownsville Rio Grande Rail Road Board, Valley Baptist Medical Center Board, Preparatoria del Tecnologico de Monterrey Board in Matamoros, Mexico, University of Texas-Brownsville Advisory Committee and more.
His years of community service earned him numerous recognitions, such as Outstanding Citizen of the Year and leadership awards from the Brownsville Historic Museum, the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts.
Education played an important part in Rusteberg's community involvement, including taking an active role in the development of science, engineering, technology, business and education programs at the University of Texas-Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. Because of his commitment to expanding the region's educational opportunities, he and his family established the first scholarship endowment at the University of Texas-Brownsville in 1995, and IBC Bank established the Fred and Frances Rusteberg Scholarship Endowment later that year.
Current IBC Bank - Brownsville CEO and Board Chair Al Villarreal added, "Fred Rusteberg meant so much to the bank's officers and staff. He was a remarkable mentor, leader and gentleman. Always supportive and encouraging, he inspired us to do our best and was delighted in our achievements. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to work side by side with Fred for over 20 years and to have witnessed the incredible impact he had on everyone around him. My heartfelt condolences go to his entire family."
Rusteberg is survived by his wife, Frances, two married children who are also active within the community, and two grandchildren.
About IBC Bank
IBC Bank and Commerce Bank are divisions of International Bancshares Corporation (NASDAQ: IBOC), a $12.5 billion multi-bank financial holding company headquartered in Laredo, Texas, with 187 facilities and 284 ATMs serving 88 communities in Texas and Oklahoma. IBC Bank's slogan "We Do More" reflects the bank's dedication to the growth and success of the customers and the communities it has been serving since 1966. MEMBER FDIC / INTERNATIONAL BANCSHARES CORPORATION. Follow our Facebook and Instagram page, @IBCBankWeDoMore. More information is available at ibc.com.