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Academic facility administrator

Richard Gardner Rhoades, American academic facility administrator. Recipient Executive Rank award President of the United States, 1986, 88, 91, Firepower award American Defense Preparedness Association, 1989, Exceptional Civilian Service award Secretary of Army, 1993.


Rhoades, Richard Gardner was born on August 15, 1938 in Northampton, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Lawrence Duncan and Marion Cushman (Hollister) Rhoades.


Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1964. Master of Science in Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977.


Research chemical engineer, United States Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, 1965-1974;director for propulsion, United States Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, 1974-1981;associate director for technical, United States Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, 1981-1989;associate director for system, United States Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, 1989-1997;director Research Institute, professor engineering management, U. Alabama, Huntsville, since 1997. Chairman of the executive committee Joint Army Navy Air Force Propulsion Group, Washington, 1978-1980. Chairman planning group Army Material Command Vision 2000, Washington, 1990-1991.


  • Other Work

    • Inventor in field. Contributor articles to technical journals.


Vice chairman review board Huntsville Alliance for Science Progress, 1990-1994. Treasurer Monte Sano Parent-Teachers Association, Huntsville, 1979-1982, Monte Sano United Methodist Church, Huntsville, since 1983. Captain United States Army, 1963-1965.

Member American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Association of the United States Army (board directors since 1991), Monte Sano Club (treasurer 1981-1983), Rotary.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: skiing, stamp collecting, reading, golf, gardening.


Married Martha Dale Turner, July 29, 1967. Children: Lawren Michelle, Anna Elizabeth, Jennifer Lee.

Lawrence Duncan Rhoades

Marion Cushman (Hollister) Rhoades

Martha Dale Turner

Lawren Michelle Rhoades

Anna Elizabeth Rhoades

Jennifer Lee Rhoades