Daniel P. Rhoda ’99 died September 6, 2013, in Houlton, Maine.
(The following was posted in the Bangor Daily News on September 8, 2013)
On Friday afternoon, September 6, 2013, Daniel Patrick Rhoda left this world, too soon and with so much more left to do for others. Born April 6, 1977, Daniel was the son of Richard and Cecilia Rhoda and the brother of Leslie R. Rhoda II.
Raised in Houlton, he always embraced that small town sense of community and adhered to the values of family, friends and community. His concern for others, whether on the streets of New York City or on his beloved island of Kauai, Hawaii, was one of his finest attributes. Daniel was a 1995 graduate of Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College in 1999 after doing his junior year of college at the London School of Economics. He received his MA in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California, in 2011 and was in the process of commencing his PhD clinical requirements at Sovereign Health in Los Angeles as well as starting his doctoral thesis research at the Deepak Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. After his college graduation, Daniel Worked on Wall Street with Credit Suisse/First Boston for two years. He then moved to Kauai, Hawaii, where he became involved with the Institute for Holistic Medicine and Research and where he studied the clinical application of Ayurveda and was privileged to be personally mentored by Dr. Tom Yarema who became a close friend and by Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar with whom Daniel studied and qualified as an Aiyuvedic practitioner. In addition, Daniel, Dr. Yareina and Chef Johnny Branigan collaborated as authors of the best selling book Eat.Taste.Heal with a primary focus on the art of Aryuvedic healing and holistic living. Subsequently, Daniel was instrumental in creating Five Elements Consulting, LLC, which provides private Ayurvedic consultations, teaching, public speaking and nutritional consultations.
Just recently, Daniel stated that “I attract good things into my life” which is evidenced by his many close and long standing friendships, just to mention a few, Joe Ulmschneider who was a second brother to Daniel and Tsega Aibera, both of whom were of tremendous support to Daniel within the last two weeks; James Matthews of Florida; India Johnson formerly of Houlton; Kim Miller – his “house Mom” and mentor from Hawaii; Tim Baird; Rahuel Baja; Jason Rachlin, treasured college friends; Jericho Panasuk of Hawaii; Dr. Tom; Dr. Suhas; Hayes MacArthur and wife, Ali; and Elliot Anderson and wife, Dallis, for whom Dan was the godfather to their precious daughter, Tilly and favorite “uncle” to their two other children, Lottie and Harlan.
Daniel was predeceased by his grandparents, Les and Ellen Rhoda and Grandpere Cyril Beaulieu; and uncles, Donald Greene and Alfred Beaulieu. He is survived by his parents, Richard and Cecilia Rhoda; brother, Les; grandmother, Agnes Beaulieu of Madawaska; aunt, Claudette Greene of Greenwich, Connecticut; uncle and aunt, John and Wanda Beaulieu of Annandale, Virginia; uncle and aunt, Daniel and Kathy Beaulieu of San Francisco; aunt, Elizabeth Beaulieu of Bangor; and cousins, Charlie and Jody Greene, John Charles Beaulieu, Michele Hopper, and Sara and Philip Beaulieu. Daniel was also predeceased by his favorite cat, “Fluffy,” a stray kitten found by him when eight years old.