John Stewart Rhoades

John Stewart Rhoades, 78, originally from New York and a Santa Fe resident for 45 years, died March 2nd at home surrounded by his family. He had been struggling with cancer for twenty years under the compassionate care of the Santa Fe medical community.
John, despite the confusing variety of jobs he held, would call himself primarily an educator. He attended the Buckley School, St. Marks, the University of Pennsylvania, and finished with a doctorate from the UMass School of Education. Whether it was a tennis-ball-and-flashlight impromptu lesson on solar eclipses, managing the creation of a complex museum exhibit, or drawing in the sand with his boatman's pliers to map out the next river rapid, he was always engaged with learners, be they deeply involved or just politely bored. His careers found him in the diverse areas of high school and college classroom teaching, athletics coaching, teacher and school administrator training, non-profit-organization coaching and consulting, working as an Outward Bound instructor and administrator, and his last passion, as director of the Bradbury Science Museum. He was happiest when he was outdoors, taking his kids, friends and their families on river trips, motorcycling about the west on his faithful BMW, or walking with his true love Michele, and their always-eccentric dogs in the woods behind Santa Fe.
John is survived by his wife Michele Craig, originally of Baltimore; his daughter Caitlin, Santa Fe; and his son Justin, Los Angeles; and his sisters Susan Repko of Scottsdale and Lynne Stewart of Riverside, Connecticut.
So as to avoid contributing to the effects of the pandemic, no public service will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Christus St. Vincent Cancer Center.

Published by Santa Fe New Mexican from Mar. 6 to Mar. 7, 2021.
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John was passionate about education, and I will always remember his work as exhibits section leader when I was group leader of the Bradbury Science Museum. I offer my condolences to his family and friends.
Robert Seidel
March 13, 2021
Dear Michele and Family,
So saddened to hear about John.
He was a force with Nature.
May he be flying kites and running calm rivers....
Fondly, J B Pena
JB Pena
March 12, 2021
John was my mentor and friend. I cherish the times we shared back in the early 1980s when we were all married and learning how to incorporate our kids into every facet of the jewel that is New Mexico outdoors.
John Braman
March 8, 2021
Douglas Razzetti
March 8, 2021
I was proud to have known John, Caitlin, and Justin. Wonderful memories. An educator is right. He educated me many times, with a soft but firm recommendation. His smile was contagious. My prayers are with his family and will cherish the adventures we experienced.
Jamie McKee
Jamie McKee
March 8, 2021
I knew John for a while through Outward Bound USA in the 1980's. I remember and enthusiastic, generous, competent and caring person. I imagine he continued to live by the Outward Bound motto "To serve, to strive and not to yield".
Ian Wade
March 7, 2021
I consider myself very fortunate to have known John being there as a friend and professional. Whenever we were together, he left me with a "nugget." I hope he gained a few of them from me. After reading the obituary, I realize John's gift and strength as an educator, but one who educated painlessly, enthusiastically, and with great caring. A person is lucky if after he "walks on," it can be said, our world is better for having him in it. He was lucky for the life he led, the marriage he had, and the family that supported him. I was lucky for having known John.
Ronni Levine
March 7, 2021
Although John and I only rode our BMW motorcycles together one time, we made a bond that only fellow enthusiasts of road and two wheels construct. A favorite neighbor of Nancy and Chris, it was always a treat to visit with John and Michelle during our stays with my in-laws. Our heart felt condolences to Michelle and family for the too soon loss of such a spirited man. Lucky for me I carry his story of wild-eyed enjoyment of our swift passage over some lovely back roads in Northern New Mexico on a brilliant day.
Michael & Jeannie Bartz
March 7, 2021
There was never a moment that I spent with John that I wished I was some place else.
March 6, 2021
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