Deceased December 22, 2012

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Rod was born in Cleveland and died at home Dec. 22, 2012, due to a ruptured aortic abdominal aneurysm.

Rod followed his Amherst days with four years of service in the navy. He then entered Yale Law School, where he was managing editor of the Yale Law Journal. He graduated in 1947.

Rod practiced law in Boston until 1959 and then moved to St. Louis and joined the Monsanto legal department. He retired in 1984 as deputy general counsel. His wife died in 1996, and he is survived by daughter Judy and son Scott, four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Bob Wade ’40 

 

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Family: Married Jean Fowler (Mt. Holyoke '39) in 1945. Was very fortunate to meet Jean when I first arrived in Washington, D.C. as an Ensign in 1942, and we dated for two years before I was transferred overseas; we were married after the end of the war. We have two children. Judy Rawson (Mt. Holyoke '70, J.D., Case Western Reserve 77) is a lawyer married to a lawyer and lives in Cleveland. She and her husband have two sons, Alex (age 10) and Gregory (age 7). Our son Scott (Brown 74; MBA, Virginia '77) is in product management at Ralston Purina in St. Louis and is a bachelor.

Education: After Amherst, attended Yale Law School for three semesters and then returned after the war to finish, graduating in 1947. Law School was a challenging and interesting experience due to small classes, excellent faculty and interesting classmates.

Military: Served in naval aviation as an administrative officer, 1942-1946. Assigned to Washington, D.C. for two years in the plans division of naval air, and then stationed in Honolulu for the remainder of the war on the staff of Commander, Air Force, Pacific Fleet. While in Washington, lived at the "Club Colorado," a large rented house on Colorado Avenue occupied by a revolving group of eight naval and army officers, including three other Amherst men. While in Hawaii, I saw a steady flow of Amherst and law school friends who were en route to Pacific duty.

Career: Joined the Boston law firm of Herrick & Smith in 1947 and became a partner of the firm in 1956, specializing in corporate and securities law. We moved to St. Louis in 1959 where I joined the law department of Monsanto Company. Retired at age 64 in 1982, having been Assistant Corporate Secretary. Director of the Law Department and then Deputy General Counsel of the Company. While at Monsanto, I was active in the American Society of Corporate Secretaries, serving on the Board of Directors and then as National Chairman in 1980-1981.

Retirement: Retirement for the past seven years has been fun. I can barely remember the pressure and long hours of the working world. The trick is to be active and involved after retirement, but avoid being over-committed. During retirement I have done some volunteer work in St. Louis, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Committee on Foreign Relations and of Confluence St. Louis. Confluence is a non-partisan citizen's league with over 1000 members that studies regional problems and works to implement proposed solutions. Also, have done volunteer law work for the Executive Service Corps of St. Louis. Jean and I play lots of golf but our scores are not what they used to be.