Tamar Rhode

Tamar "Tammy" Rhode

January 20, 1957 - February 6, 2021
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    Friday, February 12th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Friday, February 12th, 2021 10:00am


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4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215


Tamar "Tammy" Rhode, of Chevy Chase, MD, passed away on Saturday, February 6th, 2021 at the age of 64. She is survived by her cherished son, Cameron Rhode; sisters, Yael Rhode, Yvette Rhode Gluck (Andy Gluck), and Liane (Bryan) Aaron; and mother, Phyllis Rhode. She was predeceased by dear father, Alfred Rhode.

Services are private. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the NAACP, Development Department, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215.
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Linda Banish

Posted at 08:00pm
I am afraid I can’t quite absorb the reality of this raw loss. Just last Friday I asked her to meet me for coffee and she responded with regret but great excitement for all the wonderful things that were scheduled in her next few days. The thing about Tammy is that she lived life with great joy in so many things small and large. She followed her heart and used her strong mind to always make the best opportunity for professional, mental, and emotional enrichment. Most importantly to me, she was a wonderful friend. She was there when I needed her. Since we met at 9 years old, we have woven in and out of each other’s lives as time and proximity would allow. In young years, we shared little girl dreams; school projects, boy stories, parent laments. We had single babies in our single hood in the same year and supported each others thoughts and choices in infant rearing, and life in general. In near times, we ulcerated over the state of the union, the state of our aging, the growth and successes and hopes for our children and most recently my own journey through the illness and then death of my mother. Tammy was there for me, she was emotionally generous with those she new well and cared for and I leaned on her for physical presence in the lonely times of COVID as combined with my own personal grief. The last thing she said to me, a week ago when we were walking, was come by any time, just drop by if you need company. This in COVID when many of my friends are isolating for safety, she was willing to support.

I will miss her sparkle which was clearly evident in every photo ever taken but most importantly, I will miss her heart, her sincere and generous warmth.

Her life was a blessing to me and her memory should be a blessing to us all!

Sean Kelly

Posted at 01:56pm
I knew Tammy briefly, but intimately: we worked together at Bloomberg BNA for a year and developed a quick rapport and close friendship. A consummate Francophile, she brimmed with an inimitable joie-de-vivre and personal kindness that I will always cherish. She took me out to lunch on my last day, counseled me through tough times, encouraged me, laughed at my jokes, and made every day brighter. I'm so sorry to Cameron - who I've met maybe once but am happy to say I voted for twice - and Tammy's entire family. Words seem insufficient to describe the tragedy of this loss. Tomorrow and in the time ahead, I will always think of Tammy when I read Proust or Sartre or drive up River Road; today, I grieve for my friend. Godspeed.

Maria Fernanda McClure

Posted at 08:42am
I did not know Tamar, but I followed with interest as her son Cameron ran for a position on the MCPS School Board. His confidence, commitment to advocacy, and professionalism are, no doubt, a testament to the love, support, and guidance received from his mother. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her and are now grieving her loss. Cameron, you are loved.

Jim Chido

Posted at 10:09pm
I only knew Tammy for a short while, but she touched my heart. I am devastated. We are all at a loss for words and shocked beyond reality. I don't want to accept what I have read, that she is gone. Please let me know what I can do to help.

Alan Banov

Posted at 09:15pm
A tragedy! Tammy was a very bright, sweet woman. I am so sorry for Cameron's loss. May her memory be for a blessing.

Jan Ebert & Al Terrones

Posted at 07:46pm
What a massive loss! We met in 2015 (June), at the bar inside Brasserie Beck in the Kentlands.
I was avoiding a man out back, and she and I both small, petite, Jewish women, bonded immediately over a good Belgian Beer (or at least I had one). We had a lot in common - - both extremely independent, single, and full of life. A few weeks later she joined me at a wine tasting at a winery in Poolesville, with one of my meetup groups. And I would continue to see her at meetups during the holiday season, and such. This is a huge shock and we will miss her terribly!

Suzi Andiman

Posted at 05:40pm
I am so devastated by Tammy's passing. We met when she began subbing at Cabin John Middle School and quickly became friends. We were both single mothers of sons about the same age. Every day was brighter when she was in the classroom. We discussed our sons, art, music, books, museums, her unquenchable zest for travel, and she tried to polish my high school French. We had the same issues with aspects of the school bureaucracy and I found her a kindred spirit. She was so excited to move to Chevy Chase and take her trip to France. We planned on days in NY and dinners in Maryland when the pandemic finally ended. She loved telling the students that she had gone to CJMS in the "old" days and loved to show off the street on which she grew up when we took the class into the community. Tammy was so very proud of Cameron. My prayers and thoughts are with her family and many friends. May her memory be a blessing. I will miss her.

Hope Burdette

Posted at 12:08pm
Tammy was such a special person. I love the way she loved life and went after the things she loved. The french immersion camp she did is one of my favorite memories. I love how she would always catch me up on how Cameron was doing. She was always so proud of him. Sending light and love to the family as they go through this devastating time.

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