David Rogers, 1941-2005

Published Sunday, August 7, 2005

David Baskett Rogers, 64, of Columbia died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at his home.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St., with the Rev. John Yonker officiating. A reception in the Fellowship Hall will follow the service. Burial will be at Columbia Cemetery.

Mr. Rogers was born on June 21, 1941, in Pittsburgh to Edna Baskett and Ruhl Cephas Rogers. He moved to Columbia in 1960 with his parents. While attending the University of Missouri, he met Genie Banks, and they were married on June 12, 1965. They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

Mr. Rogers graduated in 1959 from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and obtained his bachelorís degree in education in 1963 from the University of Missouri. He received his juris doctorate, graduating cum laude, in 1968 from the University of Missouri. While in law school, he was managing editor for the Missouri Law Review and was inducted into Order of the Coif.

Mr. Rogers practiced law in Columbia for more than 35 years. He opened his own firm in 1984, The Law Offices of David B. Rogers. Before 1984, he was a partner with Smith, Lewis, Rogers & Beckett. He recently was of counsel with Rogers, Ehrhardt & McGuire LLC.

Mr. Rogers was an active alumnus of the University of Missouri. He was a Very Distinguished Fellow of the Jefferson Club, a member of the Alumni-Faculty Awards Committee, an officer and director of the University Development Foundation, and on the steering committee for the University of Missouri sesquicentennial celebration. He also was an avid Tiger fan, being a member of Tail Twisters and holding season tickets for both football and basketball since his graduation.

Mr. Rogers contributed his time and talents to many civic organizations in Columbia. He was a founding member of the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors in 1976. The Junior Chamber of Commerce named him Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1974. He was a member of the Columbia Rotary Club from 1970 to present and president from 1979 to 1980. He was chairman of the Columbia Railroad Advisory Board from 1986 to1990. He was general campaign manager of the United Way of Columbia in 1975. He was a member of the Columbia Personnel Advisory Board from 1975 to 1979 and chairman from 1977 to 1979. He was a member of the Columbia College board of trustees from 1972 to 1982 and chairman from 1980 to 1982. He was on the Boone County Group Homes Board from 1996 to 1997. Mr. Rogers was a member of First Christian Church in Columbia, where he served as a board member and deacon. Mr. Rogers was a board member of the Columbia Cemetery since 1972, and he served as president of that board.

Mr. Rogers described himself as a raconteur and amateur historian. He had great interest in family lore and Boone County history and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others. He gave speeches on local history to many civic organizations. His most recent project was to establish a history room at First Christian Church. Mr. Rogers wrote a weekly column for the Tribune titled "This Week in Local History." He also was one of the radio hosts for the Sunday Morning Roundtable on KFRU.

Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife, Genie Banks Rogers; his five children, Mary Rogers Gordan, Ann Louise Rogers, Hartley Garrard Banks Rogers, John Woodson Rogers and James Lewis Rogers; and his seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Eugenia Rogers Gordon, Mary Jane Allison Rogers, James Mark Whitler Rogers, Coleman Taylor Rogers, Hunter David Rogers, Wyatt Banks Rogers and Ella Rose Frances Rogers. He is also survived by his childrenís spouses, Troy Gordon, Jill Rogers and Kimberly Rogers; his brother, James Richard Rogers of Fort Myers, Fla.; and his sister, Barbara Rogers Patton of Columbia.

Twin sons, who died shortly after their birth in 1975, preceded him in death.

Expressions of sympathy may be made by contribution to First Christian Church, 101 N. Tenth St., Columbia, Mo.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Funeral Service.





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