José Federico Rodríguez, of Athens, passed away on August 19, 2013, at his residence in St. Simons Island.
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José, or 'Fico' as he was known to his friends, was born in Caibarién, Cuba, in 1922, and graduated from the University of Havana with a Doctorate of Law degree in 1945. He and his wife and children came to the United States in 1961 as exiles from Castro's Cuba. In 1966, he received a Master of Library Science degree and was offered a position at the University of Georgia Law Library, where he worked for 23 years before retiring in 1990.
Mr. Rodríguez is survived by his wife, Antonia; daughters, Adriana (and husband, John Bumgartner), Rocío (and husband, Larry Karp), and Laura (and husband, Randy Humphreys); son, José (and wife, Carol Unger); grandchildren, Eric, Cristina, and Elena Bumgartner, Nicholas and Andrew Rodríguez, and Lauren and Ryan Humphreys; and step-grandchildren, Matthew and Ethan Pakchar.
A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, at the UGA Catholic Center.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Catholic Center, University of Georgia, 1344 S. Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 30605-1344.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.
Bridges Funeral Home, Inc.
3035 Atlanta Highway Athens, GA 30606
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Aug. 21, 2013