15 December 2009
I went to clean my great great grandmother and great great grandfather's tombstone today and I went walking a little bit in Northwood cemetery in Emmaus, PA. I remember looking on FindAGrave.com that there were some famous people buried on there. One of them was the Rodales.
If the name seems familiar. Jerome Irving Rodale (1898-1971) was the founder of "Rodale Press" which makes magazines like Men's Health, Women's Health, and Organic Gardening. The current website, Rodale News, has information on organic living. He became a leader and an advocate for organic farming and natural foods.
He actually became the first to die onstage from natural causes. He was being interviewed by Dick Cavett and was his primary guest. However, while Dick Cavett was interviewing the second guest, Jerome just closed his eyes, put down his head, and passed from a heart attack.
Now his son, Robert D. Rodale (1930-1990) was the head of Rodale Publishing until his dead from an automobile accident while he was in Russia. He was an athlete and competed in the 1968 Summer Olympics. He was part of the US Skeet Shooting team. In 1987, he was inducted into the United States Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame. He created the Rodale Research Center to further develop organic farming techniques. He recieve the Presidential "World Without Hunger" award in 1984.
Slightly underneath this big stone was David Evan Rodale (1955-1985). He died of AIDS. His mom, Ardath Rodale, is currently the Chief Inspiration Officer. He is an AIDS activist since the death of her son.