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Alfred S. Rhode

July 28, 1928 ~ May 19, 2016 (age 87)
Alfred S. Rhode "Al" (87) of Potomac died at home May 19. Born on July 28, 1928, in Vienna Austria to Aron & Olga Rothkirch. He left his family in Vienna in December of 1938 as a child of the "Kindertransport" to where 10,000 children from Germany and Austria were saved from Hitler and lived safely during the war. He was evacuated to East Anglia during the bombing of London and after the war he was reunited in London with his mother. They immigrated to the US and lived in Chicago for 3 years before moving to New York where they could more actively work to help his father emigrate from Palestine where he had fled, been captured and imprisoned by the British. They were all reunited in New York in 1944. Al attended City College of New York where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. He worked as a civil engineer on such projects as Trinity Dam in California. In 1952 he received a direct commission from the US Air Force spent a year in Thule Greenland and another year at Niagara Falls Air Force Base. In 1954 he moved to Washington DC to work for Navy Research Laboratory, Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Aviation Administration. During his time with FAA, he traveled around the world as one of five Federal Congressional Fellows. He attended George Washington University where he earned a Masters Degree in Engineering Management. He ultimately went on to earn a PhD in Business Administration from American University. From 1963 to 1976 he worked for the US Navy as head of logistics for The Bureau of Supply and Accounts, and then to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Systems Analysis Division as Branch Head of Support Forces, Manpower and Logistics. After retiring from the government due to medical reasons, he joined Information Spectrum Inc (ISI) as Vice President for corporate development and remained there for 14 years. When he left the company had grown from 25 analysts to over 500 personnel. He was active in professional organizations including serving as President of Military Operations Research Society and Operations Research Society of America. He was an adjunct professor at Southwestern University, G¬¬eorge Washington University, Georgetown University and then spent 12 years at George Mason University in the School of Management. In his retirement years, while still teaching, he volunteered at the Office of the States Attorney of Montgomery County as a pretrial screener and directed the Retail Security and Loss Prevention Association.
He was married in 1950 to his first wife Esther who passed away in 1958 and in 1959 he married Phyllis Mazur who survives him. Together they raised four daughters who survive him, Yael, Tamar, Yvette (Andy) Gluck, Liane (Bryan) Aaron, seven grandchildren, Itai Ozderman, Rachel, Suzanna, Kevin Gluck, Jamie & Andrew Aaron as well as one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held at Congregation B'nai Tzedek on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm. 10621 South Glen Road Potomac, MD 20854. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Magen David Adom (the Israeli Red Cross) or the Jewish National Fund.

Chapel Service

MAY 22. 12:30 PM

B'nai Tzedek
10621 South Glen Road
Potomac, MD, 20854


MAY 22. 2:00 PM

Garden of Remembrance
14321 Comus Road
Clarksburg, MD, 20871
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