Tony Rodham Obituary

June 11, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of Anthony “Tony” Rodham. Tony was the youngest son of Dorothy E. Rodham, for whom the GW Rodham Institute is named. 

I first met Tony at his mother’s house nearly a decade ago. He was proud of his mother’s legacy in social justice and the work being done in her honor at the GW Rodham Institute. After her passing in 2011, Tony spoke of her almost every day. He, like his mother, was a passionate supporter of health equity. 

Tony was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs along with his older sister, Hillary, and his older brother, Hugh. He attended Iowa Wesleyan College and the University of Arkansas and held a variety of jobs, including as an outreach coordinator for the Democratic National Committee and fundraiser for his sister’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Family was Tony’s highest priority, and he was a devoted son, father, brother, and husband. He is survived by his wife, Megan; three children, Zach, Simon, and Fiona; and his sister Hillary and brother Hugh. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the GW Rodham Institute. Contributions can be mailed to 2600 Virginia Ave., NW, Suite 355, Washington, DC 20037 or can be made online at go.gwu.edu/tonyrodham. 

I had the privilege and honor of being Tony’s physician. He was cared for by an excellent health care team here at GW who all share with me in mourning his passing. Of his care at GW, his sister Hillary said, “You and the whole GW team earn a special place in heaven every day… We are full of gratitude, affection, and respect. You gave him a chance to live against long odds… and when it was clear no late reprieve was coming, you made it possible for him to take his leave with dignity surrounded by the family and friends who loved him.” 
Tony was warm and kind, with a ready smile and a joke to go along with it. We will miss his loving spirit. 

Jehan “Gigi” El-Bayoumi, MD, FACP
Founder & Executive Director, GW Rodham Institute
Professor of Medicine, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences