Roderick A. Baird, II
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Westchester County, NY
Roderick A. Baird, II, 62, of Westchester County, NY, passed away on February 4, 2013, with dignity and grace, surrounded by his loving family. He was born to Jane and the late Roderick Baird of New Harford, NY, where he graduated from high school. His classmates knew him for his commitment to both hockey and football. As a graduate from St. Lawrence University, Rod majored in English and German. It was his passion for literature and writing that led him to earn his MFA degree in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College and later on to attend Teacher's College/Columbia University, where he obtained his teaching certification. During his early career years, Rod worked for The New Yorker where he established himself as an advertising executive. He then later founded Salesconcepts Associates, Inc., a national firm that develops markets for consumer magazines. Looking further for an outlet that reflected both of his passions for athletics and media, Rod created The Natural Athlete LLC, a sports event-marketing group. In 2001, he sold his businesses to follow his ultimate dream of becoming a teacher. He was a high school teacher for the past eleven years, where he was beloved by students, parents and faculty. It was his love of teaching and concern for future education that led Rod to write and publish his first book, Counterfeit Kids. His final acknowledgement was to his students whom he loved dearly. Rod was a member of the New York Athletic Club, and mogul freestyle coach and ski instructor of Stratton Mountain for twenty years. His dedication to sports was reflected in his hobbies that included golf, skiing and instructing youngsters. Rod is survived by his wife, Nancy Baird; three children, Megan, Tara and Lesley; and his first grandchild, Genevieve. His mother, Jane Baird; two brothers, John and Bill; and sister, Andrea Gilbertson, also survive him. A memorial mass will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the following: Memorial Sloan Kettering Pancreatic Center: https://secure2.convio.net/ mskcc/site/Donation2?df_id= 3121&3121.donation=form1 Stratton Mountain Clinic: http://carlosotisclinic.org/ donations/
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Feb. 14, 2013