January 11, 1971 - December 24, 2020
James (Jim) Charles Ruwaldt of Herndon, Virginia died suddenly at his home on December 24, 2020. He was born on January 11, 1971 in West Lafayette, Indiana to James Joseph Ruwaldt, Jr and Janet Marie (Girtman) Ruwaldt who survive him and live in Lodi, Wisconsin. He is survived by a sister Karen Marie Ruwaldt of Illinois and a brother Matthew John Ruwaldt of Florence, Oregon. He was also survived by his long term partner Tonya Kay Pettigrew who now lives in Burlington, North Carolina. Jim was predeceased by his grandparents James J. and Margaret E. Ruwaldt, Sr, and Charles R. and Estelle Girtman. 

Jim graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1997 with a Master of Library Science and in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Germanic/Scandinavian Studies. He graduated from Bloomington High School North in 1989. He attended T. F. Riggs High School briefly in 1986 before moving to Bloomington, Indiana. Jim was fluent in German. He also spoke French, Danish and Welsh.
He was employed at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. which was his life-long career goal. Previously he worked at the US International Trade Commission and as a Sr. Library Technician at Guilford Technical Community College. 

Jim was elected to the Board of Directors of the Fairfax Jubil-Aires in January 2020. The Jubil-Aires are members of the Fairfax County Virginia chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, a society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America.

Jim’s favorite sports teams were the Carolina Hurricanes and the Capitols. He loved acting in horror films and regularly participated in the Greensboro 48 Hour Film Projects. For several years he acted during the Halloween season at the Woods of Terror, Greensboro, NC. 

His request was to be cremated. A Memorial gathering will be held later in the year

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