Rodda John (Izack) Rodda
John Rodda was an esteemed member of the Polk County community who served as trustee, supporter of athletics and architect of Florida Southern College’s modern campus. Tragically, John passed away April 30, 2018.
He was a long-serving journalist, as well as Britain’s foremost expert on the International Olympic Committee and an original member of its press commission. Together with Lord Killanin, he co-authored a history of the Games and autobiography for runner Steve Ovett.
Early Life and Education
Rodda holds both a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Princeton University and an master’s in aeronautical engineering from the College of Education at the University of California, Berkeley.
After gaining professional experience, he began working as a sound mixer and recordist on various projects. He was involved in numerous films and television shows.
Rodda was an accomplished professional who also gave back to his community through various endeavors. He served on the board of directors for Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine and served as trustee at Florida Southern College.
He was a highly esteemed member of the community, known for his support of various causes. Additionally, he founded Rodda Construction – an enterprise which built or renovated 30 buildings on Florida Southern College’s campus.
Rodda Construction has been an integral part of our community for three and a half decades, leaving its mark on some of our city’s most iconic structures and non-profit organizations.
He is a well-known name in the construction industry and will be remembered for his strong work ethic, honesty and commitment to family and friends. A true leader, he serves as an example to those living and working in Lakeland and Polk communities that he loves so dearly.
John Rodda earned a Doctorate of Science (DSc) in Hydrology from Aberystwyth University and was awarded the International Hydrology Prize in 2004. Following this he spent 10 years at World Meteorological Organization headquarters in Geneva where he conducted research on catchment hydrology and oversaw their global network of hydrological monitoring stations.
Achievements and Honors
Rodda was one of Britain’s premier sports journalists, covering nine Olympics and co-writing a history of them with Lord Killanin, president of the International Olympic Committee. Additionally, he served two decades on their press commission where he advocated for more press seats and better facilities.
He was instrumental in the formation of the “Dublin Principles,” widely considered a model for global water management, while serving in the World Meteorological Organization’s secretariat.
Rodda served on the Florida Southern College board of trustees and was instrumental in planning and constructing many important projects for their athletic program. In 2013, he was honored as a Jere Annis Award winner by Leadership Lakeland Alumni Association and received the Bernie Little Executive of the Year Award from Polk County Sports Marketing two years later in 2009.
John Rodda was a quiet, gentle man who enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His interests included travelling in his caravan, motocross riding, boating, car shows, clearance sales and auctions – all of which he took pleasure in doing.
He also dedicated time to school fetes and junior rugby league matches, showing his affection for his children. A loving father, he took an active role in their lives.
He worked at Livingstone Shire Council and was a well-known member of his motorcycle club. Additionally, he was an enthusiastic community worker, serving as an important pillar in Bundaberg’s local community. Tragically, he passed away suddenly in a motorcycle accident near Bundaberg; his family and friends have been devastated by this news; they appreciate all of the outpouring of support during this trying time.
Rodda John (Izack Rodda) is an acclaimed Australian professional rugby union player. He currently represents the Western Force for the 2022 Super Rugby season and was previously part of the Queensland Reds.
He is estimated to have a net worth of $1.5 Million USD. This figure is determined by adding up all his assets, less any liabilities.
Rodda was born on August 20, 1996 in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia and is 25 years old and 6 feet 7 inches tall. His body weight is 262 pounds. He has a girlfriend named Kobes who has been his biggest supporter since they became Instagram official in 2019. While they keep their relationship private, it appears she makes an effort to support both professionally and personally.