"He epitomized empathy and the concept of social responsibility," said Dr. Lawrence C. Pakula, an associate professor of pediatrics at Hopkins who also has a private practice. "He knew that being a physician didn't end at the office."
Dr. Rodriguez remained a familiar figure at Hopkins after his 1978 retirement. He continued seeing patients until he was 85 and was still called in as a consultant on difficult cases.
"That was his life. … He was the type of person who never successfully retires," said his son, Dr. Ignacio Rodriguez of Edgewater, a neurologist.
He was an avid reader and a student of politics. Acquaintances described him as a "cultured raconteur."
"His conversation readily ranged from the technique of leading matadors to the qualities of Flemish portraiture," said Dr. Richard McCarrick, who completed his pediatric psychiatry fellowship under Dr. Rodriguez and is now vice dean of the School of Medicine at New York Medical College.
His wife of 59 years, Dr. Maria Luisa "Tata" Rodriguez Eraso, a psychotherapist, died in 2002.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, 1454 S.W. Mapp Road, Palm City, Fla.
In addition to his son; survivors include two grandchildren.