Kermit Rohde: 1922-2014

Kermit Rohde

Earlier this month we lost a great friend and leader, Kermit Rohde. He passed away on June 2 in Austin, Texas, where he had been living with his daughter and son-in-law. Kermit was a dedicated World Federalist and a key supporter of

Serving in the navy during WWII led Kermit to believe that international peace must be achieved through international law, and he became actively involved in organizations dedicated to this mission. He served as chapter chair in Lincoln, Nebraska; in Columbus, Ohio; and in the state of Oregon for the World Federalist Organization. He was a board member for Citizens for Global Solutions and the national president for the Federalist Caucus and the Campaign for United Nations Reform. Kermit was also a chair and active supporter of the Global Solutions Political Action Committee. He understood that if we wanted members of Congress to seriously engage in solving global challenges, then we needed to get serious about electing lawmakers who shared our values.

Kermit earned a doctoral degree in psychology from Northwestern University. In 1956, he moved to Corvallis, Oregon to teach in the psychology department at OSU, and taught there until his retirement in 1984. While there he served as president of the Oregon Psychological Association and as chair of the Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners.  

Kermit, along with his wife Barbara, raised four children in Corvallis and was well known for his activism on behalf of many political issues and candidates. Along with serving on the national board of Citizens for Global Solutions, he served on the board for the Wayne Morse Historical Park. The Rohdes also supported many arts and civic organizations and were active in their church. Kermit was a devoted husband and father, and he was delighted to have been able to celebrate his 50th anniversary with his wife Barbara before her death in 2001.

Kermit is survived by his daughter Kate Rohde and son-in-law David Cohen of Austin, Texas; by his daughter Gale Rohde of St. Paul, Minnesota; by his son Scott Rohde and daughter-in-law Sybelle Timberlake of Urbana, Illinois;  by his son Rory Rohde and daughter-in-law Marianne Bernhard of Hamilton, Virginia; and by his three grandchildren, Zak, Alex, and Sarah Rohde.

A service honoring Kermit will be held on Saturday, August 16th, at the First Christian Church of Corvallis at 1:30pm. The family will host a reception at the church following the service, and refreshments will be provided.

First Christian Church is located at 602 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis OR, 97330.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a charity, including  Condolences may be sent to Rory at 38575 Purple Martin Lane, Hamilton, VA, 20158 or


william pace

Dear Rory, Gale and the Rodhe family,

On behalf of the World Federalist Movement, I wish to convey the most sincere condolences to the Rodhe family on the passing of Kermit. Kermit and I were western US world feds in Nebraska, Oregon, Colorado and Wyoming – Kermit came to this peace movement from WWII, and I from the Vietnam war and the threat of nuclear war. Our peace movement was unique and controversial even among other peace organizations, and though there were few of us, it was very good to find supporters among some of the most distinguished citizens in our communities.

I have had the honor to serve as the general secretary of the international world federalist movement for the last twenty years at our offices in The Hague and near the UN in New York. Kermit was a great supporter of both the US and international organizations. Since the end of the Cold War our peace movement has achieved more than almost all the other peace groups, even though we have had a relatively small membership since the early 1950s. Our success is because of wonderful people like Kermit who remained faithful and committed through the decades. WFM could not survive without the support of peace advocates like Kermit – we miss him dearly.

Bill Pace
William R. Pace
Convenor, Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC)
Steering Committee Member, International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP)
Executive Director, World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP)
New York - 708 Third Ave, Suite 1715, NY 10017 phone: +1 646 465 8510
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