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John W. Rogers (1923-2003)

John W. Rogers

John Rogers was born in Cambridge, MA, in 1923. Raised in Somerville, MA, he graduated from Somerville High School in 1942.

John enlisted in the US Navy in 1942, serving on the USS Restless, PC606, in the South Pacific in the Solomon Islands and Saipan. He was transferred to Tufts College in 1944 for officer training and discharged in 1946 to reserve duty. John graduated from Tufts in 1947 and was recalled in 1951 during the Korean War; he served on the USS Minotaur and was discharged after 14 months of service in the Atlantic.

After leaving the service, John was employed by OrthoPharmaceutical Corp and retired as Director of Marketing in 1988.

Throughout the years, John served in his several communities in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Tufts. His lifelong committment to Tufts continued by chairing the Cape Cod Club, serving on the National Alumni Council and scholarship fundraising and V-12 Memorial Committees.

In 2000, John and Warren Jackson, E1946, started this project to create exhibits chronicling the experiences of Tufts' V-12 and NROTC graduates. The exhibits are designed, in part, to tell their stories to new generations of Tufts' students. John also raised money for the V-12 exhibit display cases in Tisch Library. Serving on a fundraising committee, John and Warren also worked to erect a permanent V-12 Memorial, which is located behind Ballou Hall on the Medford campus. John was tirelessly committed to remembering the contributions of V-12 and NROTC graduates.

John Rogers is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marilyn (Peak), J1947, two children, and six grandchildren.