Rod died May 5, 2020, peacefully at his home in La Canada, Calif., from complications caused by a 18-year battle with cancers. Unfailingly positive, Rod called his cancers a “gift” that liberated him to live every day to its fullest, with no regrets and full of love for his family and friends.

Rod loved his classmates and time at Princeton; he was a member of Cottage, sang with the Tigertones and graduated cum laude from the Wilson School. He earned a law degree from the University of Miami.

Rod went on to a celebrated career in private practice and consistently was recognized as one of the nation’s leading intellectual-property litigators by numerous legal publications. He had a lifelong passion for hot rods, basketball, skiing, and celebrating life. However Rod’s first passion was his family: his wife, Robin; his two sons, Brett and his wife, Tatiana, and Kirk; and his brothers, Rick and Mike. He loved them all beyond measure, and he showed that love every day. Rod will be sorely missed. A celebration of his life will be held in September. Donations may be sent to the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation in Rod’s name.

Undergraduate Class of 1973