Gregory Duane Rodgers
It is with great sadness and loss that we share the passing of our student Gregory Duane Rodgers. Greg was a kind and important storyteller who was a graduate student in the English Department pursuing an MFA in the Creative Writing program and a graduate minor in American Indian Studies.
A member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and an integral part of the University of Illinois community, Greg made us stop midstream in our high tech worlds to reflect on what it means to listen and engage as a community. Greg held active roles on the Native American House Congratulatory Committee, Native American House Advisory Committee, and blessed the campus with his Choctaw storytelling and Native American flute playing. He could be seen sharing his natural talent at Heritage Month and other campus events, and had a wonderful rapport with children, always at his best while telling his Rabbit stories to them. Giving a time of reflection and healing through his flute playing restored our balance on this campus.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and relations. Our Choctaw storyteller will be deeply missed and remembered always.
Jamie M. Singson, Director
Beverly Smith, Assistant Director
Hattie Holtapp, Office Support Specialist
Native American House
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Service for Gregory Duane Rodgers
Monday, December 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Forest Hill Christian Church
2121 North MacArthur Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
Olin Williams will be conducting the service.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Resurrection Memorial Cemetery
7801 Northwest Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
Tim Tingle will preside.