William C. Rhodes Jr., 65, teacher, counselor

November 23, 2003

William Cornelius Rhodes Jr., a retired teacher and counselor, died of pneumonia Tuesday at Maryland General Hospital. He was 65 and lived in Ashburton.

Mr. Rhodes was born in Baltimore and reared on Bryant Avenue. He was a 1957 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1964.

He was married in 1965 to Shirley J. Baker, who later retired from Sears, Roebuck & Co., where she was a human resources specialist.

Mr. Rhodes furthered his education at the then Towson State College and earned a master's degree in counseling in 1973 from Coppin State College.

Mr. Rhodes served as assistant director of Upward Bound at the Community College of Baltimore from 1971 to 1973, when he left to become a counselor and marketing specialist at the Calvert Adult Education Center. He worked as a counselor in the inmate extension program at Coppin State College from 1977 to 1979.

From 1979 to 1995, Mr. Rhodes was coordinator of apprentice programs for the State Department of Education. He was a teacher and counselor with Bethesda Family Services Foundation from 1995 until retiring in 2001.

Mr. Rhodes was also a youth advocate from 1995 to 2001 with Justice Resources Inc., an organization that works with at-risk juveniles.

Mr. Rhodes, who lived on Longwood Avenue, was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and a former director of the annual Garwyn Art Festival. He was the founder of the Fifth District Urban Democratic Organization Inc. and former chairman of Stop the Killing Movement Inc. He was also member of the board of Prisoners' Aid.

He was a former member of Wayland Baptist Church.

Services for Mr. Rhodes will be held at noon Tuesday at March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Rhodes is survived by a son, William C. "Mike" Rhodes III of Charles Village; two sisters, Melba Perkins of New York City and Gloria J. Carpenter of Baltimore; his parents, William Cornelius Rhodes Sr. and Martha Elizabeth Rhodes of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews.

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