Seaboard director, former executive v.p., dies

by Eric Schroeder
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SHAWNEE MISSION, KAS. — Joseph E. Rodrigues, a longtime director and former executive officer of Seaboard Corp., died on April 22 at his home in Las Vegas.

“Many of you had the good fortune of knowing Joe and you know what a remarkable man he was-in temperament, intellect and spirit,” said Steve Bresky, president and chairman of Seaboard. “I don’t have the words to describe how well he lived his life and how kindly he treated people. He was a wonderful business resource for all of us who worked with him and more importantly, as a friend, he was a pillar we could lean on for his wisdom, his measured outlook on life and his amazing ability to make complicated issues so simple and clear.”

Mr. Rodrigues started his career with Seaboard in 1980 when he was managing director of Seaboard’s flour milling operations in Nigeria. In 1987, he was promoted to executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Seaboard, serving in this capacity until he retired in 2001. He had been a member of the Seaboard board of directors since 1990. He was instrumental in the development and growth of Seaboard’s significant overseas operations.

“Someone once said that when someone dies, it is as if a library has burned down in that all that knowledge and experience is no longer accessible,” Mr. Bresky said. “I can think of no better example of this than our dear friend Joe Rodrigues. He was such a kind, wise and thoughtful man. We have lost one of the great ones.”

 Mr. Rodrigues is survived by his wife Isabel, his son, George, and extended family and friends.
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