Phil Rodkin

Phil Rodkin

CHAMPAIGN – Phil Rodkin of Champaign died at home on Tuesday morning (May 6, 2014). He was 46 years old.

Phil was born in New York City and was a resident of Boston, Mass., and Durham, N.C., before settling in Champaign in 2000. He died four months after he was diagnosed with advanced gastric cancer.

Phil was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Cyril and Frieda Behrens and his paternal grandparents Solomon and Sally Rodkin.

He is survived by his wife, Karla Fischer; son, Noah Rodkin-Fischer; mother, Avril Weisman (Michael); father, Larry Rodkin (Therese Calmon); brother, Eric Rodkin (Debbie Atlas); nieces, Makenzie and Aria Fischer, Leah Rodkin; and nephews Kieran, Barrett, Cobi and Gabe Fischer.

Phil also leaves behind an extended network of relatives and in-laws; supportive colleagues and graduate students in the Departments of Educational Psychology, Psychology, and Human Development; and research collaborators at Penn State University, Arizona University and other institutions around the country and internationally.

Phil received his doctorate in social psychology from Harvard in 1994 and served as a professor in the Department of Education at the University of Illinois since 2000.

The funeral service will be at 9 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 509 S. Fourth St., Champaign. Rabbi Davide Tiechtel will officiate. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery, Champaign.

The family will be sitting Shiva at the Karla Fischer-Rodkin home until the morning of Tuesday, May 13. Daily services will be held at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life on Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. and on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Evening services will be held daily, Wednesday through Monday, at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, please make a donation to the Phil Rodkin Scholarship and Child Development Fund, UI Foundation, Harker Hall MC-386, 1305 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801.

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