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Gardiner Williams Rhoderick, Jr., 77, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on July 20, 2015, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Rod, as he was affectionately known, is survived by his wife, Alba Villavicencio; two children, Brenna Vucicevic and Gardiner W. Rhoderick III; two grandchildren, Rurik and Djula Vucicevic; his sisters, Sue Kidwell and Betty Stevens; brother, Raymond Rhoderick; in addition to loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and a host of long-time friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gardiner and Constance Rhoderick, Sr.

Rod was born June 12, 1938, in Castlewood, Virginia, the eldest of four siblings. He graduated from La Plata High School in La Plata, Maryland, and went on to travel the globe as an indispensible part of the United States space program. Upon his return to Las Cruces in 1994, he became the White Sands Complex Site Manager responsible for NASA space programs. He was deeply passionate about his work and had an indelible fondness for exploration, travel, reading, and family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks a donation be made in the name of Gardiner W. Rhoderick, Jr. to the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium. Checks can be mailed to:

New Mexico Space Grant
c/o Gardiner W. Rhoderick, Jr. Memorial Fund
Box 3001 MSC SG
Las Cruces, NM 88001

The family would like to thank everyone involved in his care. A memorial will be held at a later date. Please contact family for more information.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on July 26, 2015
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