WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Officials with Winston-Salem State University on Wednesday announced the death of a religion and ethics professor who recently retired.
Rev. Dr. Cedric Rodney had served as the university’s James A. Gray distinguished Professor of Religion and Ethics since 1992, according to WSSU Chancellor Donald Reaves.
Rodney had worked at the university for more than 40 years, Reaves said. In 1997, he became the first recipient of the school’s Distinguished Service Award, which was later named in his honor.
In Old Salem, Rodney served as pastor of St. Phillips Moravian Church for a total of 27 years. He retired from active ministry in December, 2003.
Reaves said Rodney also helped lead the effort to restore the original St. Philips Church, which was built in 1861 and has become the oldest-standing African American church in North Carolina. The church is now part of the Old Salem tour and serves as a center for a variety of community events.
Rodney leaves behind three children and his wife, who works at WSSU as the school’s director of Library Services.
Reaves released the below statement following the news of Rodney’s death:
“Dr. Rodney left his mark on WSSU and was a positive influence and counselor for many of the students who have been on this campus over the years. From offering the innovation at football games, convocations and commencement to his keen intellect and commitment to WSSU, his presence will be missed. The Ram Family certainly offers its deepest condolences to his family. The university will announce arrangements as soon as they are completed.”