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Jan 30, 2023 at 10:44 AM

Happy Birthday, Judy. Keep your joy and cute personality all through the year!

Linda Lindquist Daube has left an In Memory comment for Rod Lazorik.
Jan 27, 2023 at 7:29 PM

Think back to our grade school playgrounds. Wooden swings, with metal chains, over a tar surface. This may help you remember run-unders. The term could have been used only at Brookside School so, if you aren't familiar with it, ask someone who went there.

Roddy gave the best run-under of any sixth grade boy on our playground. Others may remember him for another of his many achievements: creating art, teaching, writing, clear political thinking. I remember him for the run-unders.

Linda Lindquist Daube

Jan 24, 2023 at 11:34 AM
Mary Reid Brooks has left an In Memory comment for Rod Lazorik.
Jan 24, 2023 at 11:25 AM

I didn't know Rod well in HS,but had a very interesting conversation with him at the 60th reunion at the Kip's Bar gathering. What an interesting,wise man! I'm so glad we met after all those years. Rod contributed so much in his life!

Rod Lazorik has left an In Memory comment for Rod Lazorik.
Jan 24, 2023 at 10:50 AM

Here is a link to his Obituary on the Funeral home's website

Here is Rod's Obituary

Wayne Roderic Lazorik

Born May 8th 1939 Died January 20th 2023 age 83


     Wayne “Rod” Lazorik passed away peacefully at his home in Sugar Grove, North Carolina on January 20, 2023, in the company of his family.  Rod was born on May 8, 1939 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is survived by his sister Peggy Sellwood, son Pablo Armijo, life partner Kathleen Campbell step-children Mariel and Colin Campbell.

Rod grew up in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota where he pursued sport and leisure in equal parts. He excelled as a cross-country athlete. With unbridled vigor, he and his gang (Tim Kiernan, Art Patterson, Bob Oas, Bob Erickson) created the Taranchalathon, a ten-event track and field race wherein participants were tested to the fullest extent. In 2022, Rod was inducted into the St Hall of Fame.

Rod received his undergraduate and graduate education from 1958-1966 at the University of Minnesota. During this time, he ran “the Raven”, a 3.2 bar near campus, where he hosted one of Bob Dylan’s final performances, and he founded the Westbank Gallery in Minneapolis.

In 1966 Rod was offered a job as an Instructor in the Art department of the University of New Mexico, and he moved to Albuquerque to teach at UNM while still finishing his B.S. and MFA at University of Minnesota. Rod subsequently was hired on as faculty at UNM and contributed to the development of the university’s world-class Photography program in the Department of Art and Art History as Assistant professor, Associate Professor, Chairperson, and ultimately Professor Emeritus by the time he retired in 1996. His mentors and colleagues included esteemed photographers Van Deren Coke, Beaumont Newhall, Tom Barrow, Betty Hahn, David Michael Kennedy, Patrick Nagatani, and Joel-Peter Witkin. His 1990 portrait by photographer Charles Rushton is archived in the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Rod’s photographs have been archived nationally and internationally in collections including the University of New Mexico Museum of Art, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Canada, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Joseph Bellows Gallery.

Rod lived in Sugar Grove NC for the past 25 years, was an active card player at the Western Watauga Community Center, a democratic poll worker, and made friends wherever he went. 

Rod was an artist, a poet, and a highly skilled craftsman, and his creativity seeped into all his work, from photography to fine carpentry. He loved, and was loved by, animals of all kinds. Rod was a mentor, colleague, teacher, brother, husband, partner, father, grandfather, and to so many, a friend. He will be greatly missed.

It was Rod's wishes that there be no official funeral or memorial, but please feel encouraged to meet as you wish in groups of your choosing.


Rod Lazorik has left an In Memory comment for Rod Lazorik.
Jan 21, 2023 at 3:54 PM

A Colage Rod was working on, on the left are his war rations, on the right Roddy age 5 in a uniform made by his mother Fern Lazorik

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Nov 18, 2022 at 11:08 AM

Congratulations! You are doing all the right things to age well and gracefully! I try too!

Oct 26, 2022 at 1:46 PM

Happy Birthday Kent! Have a fun day and maybe take your fabulous Mercury for a spin today, unless it is mothballed for the winter already! Your pal, Jerry

Oct 09, 2022 at 4:38 PM

Happy Birthday Freddie! Hope you are well and having a very fun Day!
Always your pal, Jerry!

Mary Reid Brooks has left an In Memory comment for Profile.
Oct 04, 2022 at 3:47 PM

I am so sorry to read of Berneen's passing. We were very good friends at Lenox Elem and in Jr HS. I gave her piano lessons for a while at that time. I understood she had some health issues a few years ago and lived in Assisted Living.She was a classy gal and a caring friend. I am sorry we lost touch. Fondly, Mary

Mary Reid Brooks has left an In Memory comment for Peter Goossen.
Jul 27, 2022 at 9:57 AM

Peter certainly made the best of his life as he shared his kindness with others.. including family and neighbors. I consider this a life well lived!

Jun 30, 2022 at 10:02 AM

Happy Birthday, Marilyn. Hope you are well and enjoying a beautiful Minnesota summer!

Jun 27, 2022 at 10:21 AM

Happy Birthday,Lowell. We go to Beppe and Gianni's for authentic Italian food. Excellent. (By the U of O stadium) Have a great Birthday!