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RTA’s Gene Rhodes remembered for leadership and making a difference

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Jessica Olson (937) 425-8352, Communications Manager

(DAYTON, OHIO) … The Greater Dayton RTA mourns the loss of a colleague and friend with the passing of Chief Performance Officer Gene Rhodes.

Eugene Allen Rhodes passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the age of 66. For more than 8 years, Gene touched the lives of many RTA employees through the various roles he held in the Human Resources, Maintenance and Performance Managements teams.

“If you ask RTA employees to describe Gene in a word, you would hear: intuitive, coach, mentor, caring, funny, interested, and friend,” said RTA CEO Mark Donaghy.

Rhodes was the driving force behind many programs designed to improve the agency including: employee wellness, Be the One outstanding work awards, succession planning, Leadership 2020, discipline without punishment and the agency’s veteran recognition programs. In November 2018, the RTA proudly dedicated the Eugene A. Rhodes Veterans Memorial outside of its Longworth Campus. The memorial was named in his honor due to his strong support for veterans and programs supporting their service.

It will not only be his incredible work ethic, but also his stinging wit that will be remembered by his coworkers, Donaghy said.

“Gene could bring the most serious of meetings to an abrupt halt with a fragment of a sentence, introduced at the perfect moment -- leaving someone in the room red-faced and the rest of us stunned or caught in an incredible belly laugh,” he said.

The RTA extends its deepest condolences to the family of Gene Rhodes and the many friends he had in the community.