Rodney N. Hoots
Rodney N. Hoots
  • February 12, 1929 - January 27, 2016
  • Fort Belvoir, Virginia

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Rodney N. Hoots
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Rodney N. Hoots, who served 49 years with the Department of Defense, died of heart failure on January 27, 2016 at 8:18am EST at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Mr. Hoots was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1929 and graduated from Roosevelt University with a degree in Business Administration. He enlisted in the Army in 1946 and after 27 years of service in the personnel field retired as a Major, Adjutant General Corps. His assignments included duty in Italy, Germany, Korea, Japan, and a tour in Vietnam as Personnel Officer of the First Cavalry Division.

Following retirement from the Army in 1973, Mr. Hoots moved to Washington, D.C., and worked as an Army civilian employee with the Military Personnel Center, Corps of Engineers, and Office of the Surgeon General. In 1981, he moved to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and served there until his second retirement in 1996. During his employment with the Health Affairs office, he served primarily as Director of International Activities and, in that capacity, served on the NATO Joint Medical Committee, on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for International Health, as U.S. Executive Secretary to the International Committee of Military Medicine, and as Chairman of the International Committee of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.

During Mr. Hoots' military and civilian service he received the Air Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three clusters, the Secretary of the Army Decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service, the Outstanding Service Medal of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award, and the Silver Cross of Honor of the Federal Armed Forces of Germany.

Mr. Hoots is survived by his beloved and loving wife of 67 years, Sonya, of Fort Belvoir, four children and three grandchildren. Friends may call to Arlington Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203, on Saturday, February 6, 2016, where a visitation will be held from 11:00 am -12:00 pm. Funeral service will follow at 12:00 pm. Burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery and will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.