A memorial service for film professor Sam Rohdie, who died April 3, will be held Thursday, April 23, in the Nicholson School of Communication.

Rohdie, who was 75, taught at UCF since 2003 and was widely published in academic film journals and books. He previously was chair of film studies at The Queens University of Belfast and professor of film studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. He also held academic posts at universities in England, Ghana, Italy and the United States, and was an original member of the Cinema Studies Program at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

Rohdie died after a prolonged illness, said Byron Clercx, director of the School of Visual Arts & Design.

“We were fortunate to have a colleague of his caliber among us to share his insights and expertise with us and our students,” Clercx said.

Steve Schlow, a fellow film instructor in SVAD, said many people on campus were affected by the personality and wisdom “of this special person who brought so much scholarship and intellectual rigor to film at UCF.”

The service will be 7 p.m. in Room 145.