Thomas Wayne Rimrodt, a Republican campaign manager who had been an assistant secretary in the Maryland Department of Planning until early this year, died of brain cancer Sunday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. The Parkville resident was 41.
Born in San Diego, Mr. Rimrodt earned an undergraduate degree at California State University at Hayward and two master's degrees - in public administration and in political science - from Claremont Graduate University in California.
After serving as the city manager of Atherton, Calif., he moved to Maryland in 2000 and managed Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett's re-election campaign. He then began grass-roots organizing work for Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s successful campaign for governor in 2002.
"He lived life to the fullest," said his friend Casi Tomarchio of Forest Hill. "He loved being around people.
An assistant secretary in the Department of Planning from 2003 until early this year, Mr. Rimrodt worked on the Priority Places Initiative.
"He was very interested in what grass-roots Republicans had to say and made sure the upper levels of the party heard that," said his wife of 17 years, the former Sheryl Hurston.
Mr. Rimrodt collected historical political campaign items. He also baked chocolate chip cookies for political events.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church, 6950 Dogwood Road, Windsor Mill, where he was a member.
Survivors also include his mother, Sophia S. Rimrodt of San Diego.