A Tribute to Rod Durham



His captivating laugh and brilliant smile infected everyone he met. To have known him was to have enjoyed an exceptional gift. Rod Durham was a storyteller, a conversationalist, a dancer and an inspiration.

Members of the Tallahassee Magazine team got to know Rod when he was a contestant in our Top Singles event for 2015. He was featured in the January/February 2015 issue of the magazine. We are deeply saddened by his passing.

Remarkably, Rod lost 188 pounds as a participant in 2015 in the “Extreme Weight Loss” reality television show, an experience that led him to better appreciate the value and importance of support from others.

As a Tallahassee Top Single, Rod raised $800 for his charity, the Foundation for Leon County Schools, an organization that encourages excellence in the county’s public schools and also promotes awareness of Type 2 diabetes. On Top Singles event night, Rod did not merely walk the runway; he danced it.

Today, we join countless others in reflecting on the contributions made by Rod Durham, a gentle man who touched many lives both in the literal classroom and the classroom called life. 

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