Memorial for Dr. Rod Bush

Apr 28, 2014
5:00 pm
Taffner Field House
Open to Public
April 28, 2014 5:00 pm

Memorial for Dr. Rod Bush, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Our dear friend, mentor, and colleague, Dr. Roderick Bush passed near the close of the fall semester, on December 5, 2013. He left behind many, many people in and outside of the St. John’s University community who sorely miss him and are inspired to keep his legacy alive.

Dr. Bush displayed a limitless capacity for love, caring, and kindness which guided him in his research and his work for social justice. As we come to terms with his sudden passing, we understand what a privilege it was to have known him. It is with this sentiment that we plan an upcoming memorial to share his spirit and celebrate his life.

The memorial is scheduled for April 28th, 2014, at 5 pm in the University Center, Suite D. If you are interested in making a personal statement during the memorial, please contact Dr. Natalie Byfield (

In addition to joining us at the St. John’s University memorial, there are a number of other upcoming events that you can participate in.

Community Memorial will be held on Sunday, June 8th, 4 pm at Flatbush Reformed Church (corner of Church and Flatbush Avenues).

Panels related to Dr. Bush’s scholarship and practice will be held at the Left Forum in NYC May 30-June 1st and at the Critical Sociology conference in San Francisco, on August 18th.

A website is being developed with ways to note reflections, tributes and letters to Dr. Bush or to upload photos or videos of him. Please visit and sign up to stay in touch.

For more information on these activities or to become involved in the project to sustain the engagement of Dr. Bush’s life work, please email Dr. Melanie Bush at