From his earliest days at St. Margaret of Scotland grammar school, Rod Robinson ‘88 wanted to be a Crusader. He looked up to those from his neighborhood who had come to Brother Rice–Dave Bishop, Troy Moo-Young, and Tracy Martin, so when it came time to apply, there was only one choice on his list.
As a result of the influence and support of his parents, Rod had always set the bar high for himself. He knew that coming to Brother Rice would provide the challenge and the academic opportunities he was looking for. He loved his time here not only from an academic perspective, but he also genuinely enjoyed the connections with his classmates and the calling to serve others. In fact, the Charity Walkathons with his friends, where they helped to raise money for those in need, were among his fondest memories from his high school days. He also remembers with pride the very positive influence his science teacher, Don Molenda, had on him in the classroom. He credits Don and his Brother Rice teachers with successfully putting him on the road to the University of Wisconsin.
After a couple of years in Madison, Rod decided to follow his dad into a career in law enforcement as a Chicago police officer. Knowing full well there were still dreams and aspirations to fill, he also went on to complete his undergraduate studies at St. Xavier University. Over the years, he has ascended through the ranks of Chicago Police Department to his present role as Commander of the 7th District. During his career, Rod has received 60 awards and recognitions for his distinguished work in fighting crime and serving the people of Chicago. Still driven by the strong work ethic that was begun at home and nurtured at Brother Rice, Rod is not content to sit on his past laurels. He is motivated to keep working hard with the hope that he will be called to serve at an even higher level, as was his father who retired as a Deputy Commander of the Chicago Police Department. His advice to the young Crusaders of today: study hard and always try to improve yourself.
The Crusaders offer our sincere congratulations to Rod on being recognized as our Alumnus of the Month. We are all very proud of you and wish you God’s blessings in all your future endeavors.