Dr. Stephen Alan Roderick
1944 - 2020
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Dr. Stephen Alan Roderick, 75, of Durango, Colorado passed peacefully on July 4, 2020 at Mercy Hospice House in Durango. Stephen was born October 27, 1944 in Decatur, IL to Marjorie Elaine Purdom and Grover Andrew Roderick, Jr.

Stephen received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL in 1966 and began his career as an elementary school teacher in Verdon, IL. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 1972 contributing to the continued development of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. After teaching at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he moved to Durango in 1980 accepting an appointment at Fort Lewis College. His career at Fort Lewis College spanned over 30 years. He held several positions at FLC including Dean of the School of Education, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. He was an avid supporter of Skyhawks Athletics. He believed deeply in the transformative power of education as well as the St. Louis Cardinals. It is to be noted that the best day of his life was January 16, 1956 when his brother David Curtis was born.

He is survived by his daughters Joslin I. Roderick (Peter David), Jennifer-Rebecca Roderick (Jason Borges), and Sethany A. Roderick; his granddaughter Amelie O. Borges; his siblings Sue Roderick, David Roderick (Judy Roderick), Robert Roderick (Carol Roderick); Vicki Swanson; his aunt Barbara J. McAtee; his niece Jamie C. Byall (Alex Byall) and their daughter Emma.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Stephen A. Roderick Endowed Scholarship Fund at Fort Lewis College. The family is planning a virtual memorial service. To be included in the memorial service or to share a memory please email drstephenroderick@gmail.com.

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Published in Pine River Times on Jul. 9, 2020.
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August 4, 2020
Brandon Schmitt
Friend
July 19, 2020
Steve was always one of my favorite dads. Always so kind and warm to our gaggle of girls. He was welcoming, genuine, caring. Ill never forget him taking my own dad under his wing at one of our weddings. Dad was recovering from heart surgery and was feeling a bit down. Steve stayed by dads side much of the night, just to make sure he had company and was doing ok. Thank you for everything, Mr. R.
Jennifer Mackley
Friend
July 18, 2020
I worked for Steve for many ears at Fort Lewis College. I have never known a finer man. The world needs more people like Steve. My husband and I were also friends with Steve and his family. What wonderful daughters to be so proud of. Steve will be greatly missed but will never be forgotten. At least he will never have to go the dentist again (Steve hated the dentist!).
Farewell friend, until we meet again - Danny and BJ Pierce
The Pierces
Coworker
July 16, 2020
My deepest condolences on the loss of dear Dr Roderick. I hope that 1st Thessalonians 4:14 can help ease your pain and give you hope.
S Chambers
Acquaintance
July 15, 2020
Mr. R was always so kind and gracious, even in the midst of many girlie shenanigans. A true class act who will be missed.
Colbe Galston
Friend
July 15, 2020
Steve was always kind and let us girls into his home as friends of Beccas. He had a warm way about him and treated us as if we were his own daughters. Grateful to have known such a gentle soul.
Nicole Fortin
Friend
July 13, 2020
Fond memories of sweet Steven. I was a neighbor on Sortais in 1980 and an yoga mate. I appreciated his humorous approach to aging. He will be missed. Sympathy for your great loss. He so loved you, his family.
Mary Ellen Long
July 11, 2020
Dr. Roderick was a wonderful educator, Dad, and caring individual. Condolences and love to his family. May his legacy of leadership in education that influenced so many students lives bring you peace in this difficult time.
Tim and Linda Walsh
Friend
July 11, 2020
Ah Steven, you served us well at "The Fort" but you are too young to go! God bless you!
Bernard and Phyllis Anderson in La Pas, Mexico
Coworker
July 11, 2020
So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Thinking of you and wishing your family peace as you remember Stephen.
Paul & Michelle McNamara
Friend
July 10, 2020
It is a pleasure to have known Steve as a devoted and joyful dad to his daughters. I also enjoyed opportunities to work with Steve for the benefit of Fort Lewis College and to see his dedication to all aspects under his able leadership through the many years.
Anne Putnam
Friend
July 9, 2020
My husband Stephen and I send our deepest condolences to Dr. Stephen Rodericks family and friends. It was an honor to have met Dr. Roderick for the few times when Joslin brought him to meetings, and when we introduced him to our Board of Directors over the past months. His smile was the best memory we have of Joslins wonderful dad. Thank you, Joslin, for sharing your dad with us, even though those moments seemed so brief. Our prayers continue to be for you and your family!
Donna Mae Baukat
Friend
July 9, 2020
I had the honor of meeting Stephen through his daughter Joslin. His smile and interest in what we were discussing during a couple of meetings he attended with her was most notable. His smile whenever we met is the best memory I have of Dr. Roderick. My husband Stephen and I send our deepest sympathy for your loss. We know how hard it has been for Joslin during his final hours. Our prayers are with your family and friends who share the loss of a man I would personally have wanted to know more closely, although I am glad to have been in his company while he lived.
Donna Mae Baukat
Friend
July 9, 2020
Steve has been my yoga student since 2009. He brought a tremendous amount of joy into my life over the years and will be greatly missed. Steve was blessed to have such loving care from his daughter Joslin. It is a comfort to know that he died in the arms of his three daughters. Deepest condolences to his family and all those who loved this remarkable man.
Kathy Curran
Teacher
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