Joseph Roderick “Rod” Lauver, a marketing consultant, public administrator, and college instructor from Hollidaysburg, PA, passed away peacefully Sept. 15 at the Lorien Encore assisted living facility in Ellicott City, MD. He was 70 and had been fighting cancer, his family said. He had just made a last trip to his beloved log cabin in Blacklog Valley, PA.
Dr. Lauver was widely schooled and well-traveled. He attended Syracuse University and earned a masters and PhD in Public Administration. While at Syracuse he proudly marched in the band and loved to retell the story about how we had been in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the University of New Mexico and taught at the University of Maryland for 15 years. He toured Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and had an opportunity to work on a project in Zimbabwe. His favorite family vacations were to Disney. He also loved cooking and was even a contestant in a local Iron Chef competition.
In his long professional career, Dr. Lauver worked for a short time at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He served as Vice President of Marketing at Eyretel, a company that sold call center technology. For the majority of his career, he worked for various consulting firms. The job he loved the most was “Gentleman Christmas Tree Farmer” and managing the timber sales to sustain the family’s property in Blacklog Valley, PA.
Growing up he was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America where he led camping trips and was usually in charge of the cooking. He was even selected to go to the Boy Scout Jamboree. He was also active in Leadership Howard County, connecting community leaders to civic activities in the Maryland county.
Dr. Lauver was born in Hollidaysburg on Feb. 29, 1952 to Robert F. and Mary D. Lauver. Surviving are two daughters: Jennifer (Magalski), and husband Tom; and Megan Noel (Nauman), and husband Josh who are expecting their first child; one son, J. Roderick Lauver, and wife Sophie (Blumenthal); two grandchildren: Mary and Ella (Magalski); and a brother, Robert A. Lauver, and wife Barbara (Snead). He was preceded in death by his brother, Christopher R. Lauver.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 20, at 11:00 a.m. at Harry H. Witzke’s Family Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, followed by a reception at 12:30 p.m. hosted by the family at Ale House Columbia, 6480 Dobbin Center Way, Columbia, MD 21045.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made “In memory of Rod Lauver” to the Friends of the East Broad Top online at https://febt.org/donate/ or by mail c/o Ray Davidowski, FEBT Fundraising Treasurer; P.O. Box 81, Sarver, PA 16055, 724-594-6311
Friends of the East Broad Top c/o Ray Davidowski, FEBT Fundraising Treasurer
P.O. Box 81, Sarver PA 16055