Bernard F. Rhoderick, 77, college educator

August 06, 2002|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Bernard F. "Buck" Rhoderick, a retired Catonsville Community College educator, died Saturday of complications after heart surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 77 and had been a resident of Timonium for 45 years.

Born in Middletown and raised in Frederick, Mr. Rhoderick moved to Baltimore in 1941 after his graduation from Frederick High School. He worked briefly for the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River before enlisting in the Army Air Forces in 1942. He never flew in combat, but was trained to be a navigator-bombardier in the atomic bomb program.

Mr. Rhoderick attended the University of Maryland, College Park on the GI Bill, earning a bachelor's degree in education in 1951. He later returned to College Park and earned a master's degree in behavioral psychology.

He began his teaching career in 1951 at Greenbelt Junior High School, and then taught psychology at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville from 1952 to 1955. He then joined Baltimore County Public Schools and taught social studies and was a guidance counselor at Carroll Manor Elementary School and Dumbarton Junior High.

He joined the faculty of Catonsville Community College in the 1960s and, in addition to teaching psychology, headed its counseling department. He retired in 1995.

"He never missed a day of school during his entire career," said Philip F. Warner, a retired Montgomery County public school educator and friend since their college days at the University of Maryland. "He was a natural teacher, and students liked him."

Mr. Rhoderick was deeply interested in history and writing, and enjoyed taking courses and teaching senior citizens.

"He enjoyed learning, and for him, learning never stopped," Mr. Warner said. "He was a brilliant conversationalist and a delight to know. He always had something interesting to say."

In 1951, Mr. Rhoderick married Edith Faust, who died in 1994.

He was a member for 50 years of Timonium United Methodist Church, 2300 Pot Spring Road, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Survivors include a son, Mark A. Rhoderick of Severna Park; a daughter, Letitia M. Walter of Essex; a brother, Robert Rhoderick of Rocky Ridge in Frederick County; a sister, Mary Stimmel of Hagerstown; and four grandchildren.

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