Rodneys beginnings were in Coleman, Texas, where he was an all-state basketball player and honor graduate.
He retired in June 1990 after 18 years as an administrator with the Highland Park Independent School District (HPISD). In 2006 Rodney was honored by HPISD with its Distinguished Service Award for his service as an administrator in that school system for almost 20 years. He and his wife of 62 years. Beth Weems Pirtle, have three grown children—Rod, Dotti and Jim—and five grandchildren.
Music has always been an important part of Rodney’s life, not only as a hobby but, since 1980, as a professional. He sings with big bands and musical combos in and around Dallas. He sang with the Singing Cadets and the Aggieland Orchestra while at Texas A&M in the 1950’s and was a member of the 1975International Champion Vocal Majority. He has performed as vocalist with the Guy Lombardo Orchestra. He and Beth often make concert and after-dinner appearances as a duo. They were performers inYoung Audiences, a national organization which takes the arts into public schools. They have been singing the National Anthem at Texas Rangers baseball games since 1991.
Rodney was recently honored and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rotary Club of Park Cities.
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