John A. S. “Jack” Rogers, 89
YARMOUTH – Jack Rogers died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, August 6, 2017 after a period of declining health. He was born on September 18, 1927 to Roland and Emelyn Nickerson Rogers, and as a child, lived largely in Washington D.C., with summers spent with extended family in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
He graduated from Harvard University in 1949, and began a varied career that always had education, writing and helping troubled teenagers at its core. He was a movie scriptwriter, a PR director at Bolt Beranek and Newman, a TV producer at public television in Boston, and for many years, a high school English teacher and head of an English Department. When he moved to Maine in 1987, he thoroughly enjoyed his years as a teacher and counselor with teenagers at the Maine Youth Center, and also served as Inmate Advocate at the Maine Correctional Center. He had a passion and a gift for working with “people in dire straits” – his words – “runaways, convicts, Viet Nam vets in prison, addicts.” After retirement, he volunteered extensively as a mentor/tutor at LearningWorks in Portland, where he was known fondly as “Doc Rogers.” That name also became his moniker with his jazz musician friends.
He married Marjorie Stone in September 1974, a loving partnership of 43 years. His three children – Lucia, Jo, and Becca – greatly enriched his life and became cherished friends. He and Marjorie were also foster parents to 14 teenagers over the years.
Jack was an avid lifelong sailor, and a jazz violinist and bass player. His book of short stories, The Elephant on the Tracks and Other Stories, was selected as the winner of the Fiction Chapbook Competition of the Maine Arts Commission in 1992. He was a serious reader, had a great love of jazz, and a wonderful dry sense of humor. He lived a rich and full life, always with dog treats in his pockets just in case, and he will be sorely missed.
Jack is survived by his wife, Marjorie Stone, of Yarmouth; daughter Lucia Hicks and her husband Grant, of Acton, MA; son Joseph Rogers, of Westbrook, ME; daughter Rebecca Rogers, of Martha’s Vineyard, MA; grandchildren Genevra and Owen Hicks, and Kasia Harris; and one great grandson, Orin.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, at Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth, Maine.
In lieu of flowers,
please consider a donation in Jack’s name to Winslow Park 30 Main Street Freeport, Me 04032Att: Neil Lyman or
LearningWorks 181 Brackett Street Portland, Maine 04103 Att: Development Office
a charity of your choice that supports “people in dire straits”