ROCHESTER -- A memorial service will be held for Dr. Joseph Robert "Joe" Rodarte at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Settegast-Kopf Co. Funeral Directors in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Rodarte, 62, of Houston, former head of the division of thoracic disease research at Mayo Clinic, died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday (Sept. 13, 2000) at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

He was born April 1, 1938, in Temple, Texas, received his undergraduate education at Rice University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1964. He interned at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, and after serving in the Air Force medical corps from 1965 to 1967 was a resident in internal medicine at Mayo Clinic. He transferred to thoracic diseases in 1970 and remained at the clinic, becoming professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at Mayo Medical School, director of the pulmonary function laboratories, and head of the division of thoracic disease research. In 1988 he became chief of the pulmonary and critical care section of the department of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, and chief of the pulmonary and critical care service at Methodist Hospital. He was professor of medicine and molecular physiology and biophysics at Baylor, adjunct professor of mechanical engineering and material science at Rice University in Houston, and pulmonary physiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health.

He was a member of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, American Thoracic Society, American Heart Association and American Physiological Society. He enjoyed contemporary art, traveling, scuba diving and biking.

Survivors include his wife, Dr. Doreen Sabalesky, and a daughter, Bettina Rodarte of San Antonio.

Memorials are suggested to the Joseph R. Rodarte, M.D., Lectureship, Investment in Discovery Campaign, Baylor College of Medicine, 1 Baylor Plaza, Houston, Texas 77030.

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