Rodney Walter Dennis, a Baltimore native and an administrator at American University in Washington, died Wednesday of pneumonia at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 39 and lived in Washington.
Services were being held today at City Temple of Baltimore Baptist Church, Eutaw and Dolphin streets.
Since 1988, Dr. Dennis had been educational director for Return-to-School programs at American University. He worked to create links between the university and black churches in the District of Columbia and helped develop the Metropolitan Baptist Church-American University scholarship program for adults.
Dr. Dennis was co-author of a study on black faculty in traditionally white institutions.
He was a former assistant professor of psychology at Kennesaw (Ga.) State College and an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia. For two years, he was a consultant for the New York City Board of Education, developing training materials and seminars for administrators and teachers.