John Hiram Rogers, 95, died early Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, of cardiac arrest after a two-year illness. He had been a resident of Sanibel since early 1978, moving from Barrington, R.I.
Born on April 28, 1915, in Springfield, Mass., Jack was the son of the late Hiram Manton Rogers and Elizabeth Shantz Rogers. He was predeceased by his brother, Henry S. Rogers, formerly of Plymouth Meeting, Penn., and his sister, Elizabeth R. Sabin, formerly of Longmeadow, Mass.
He graduated from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1937, with a degree in Industrial Engineering. At RPI, he was a member of Chi Phi fraternity and lettered in swimming. He also earned an MBA degree in 1939 from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College. He worked for Gulf Oil Corporation until he was drafted into the Army in 1941.
At the end of a year, he received a commission with the U.S. Navy SeaBees. When the war ended, he was serving as a Lieutenant in Okinawa. He was employed by Gulf Oil for 31 years until his retirement in 1971.
Jack was an avid tennis player for over 80 years, and also enjoyed numerous other sports. He was active in land acquisition projects for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, and served on the Board of Directors of the Committee of the Islands (COTI) in the 1980s. Jack was a quiet man of intelligence, kindness and humor, with many close and lasting friendships. He was a lovely man.
“Jack and Rose were both faithful supporters of SCCF for years — since the beginning. Jack was one of the persistent people way back when who went down to the courthouse steps and waited for properties to come up for auction,” SCCF Education Director Kristie Anders said, “and then see to their purchase for SCCF — particularly all those little lots in Sanibel Gardens. It was such a checkerboard and he was one of the ones who helped bring them all together. He was part of a cluster of old-school guys who did hands-on acquisiton for us, one of the last of that era, if not the last. His loss is the end of an era.”
Jack is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, the former Rose Gillice Schubert. He was a devoted father and dearly loved his children — J. Hiram Rogers, Jr., and his wife, Jean Gauger, of Knoxville, Tenn., and his daughter, Sarah (Sally) Schubert Rogers, and her fiancé, Thomas Donaldson, of Tampa, Fla.. He is also survived by his beloved younger sister, Vera R. Lane, of Vero Beach, Fla., and many nieces and nephews and their families.
The family is very grateful for the kindness and services of his caregivers over the period of his illness. At his request, there will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be made to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, P.O. Box 839, Sanibel, FL 33957, or to The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203.