Nancy Curtis Leonard Rogers
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SALISBURY - Nancy Curtis Leonard Rogers, 91, of Salisbury, passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at the N.C. Lutheran Home in Salisbury.
Born July 13, 1921, in Salisbury, she was the daughter of the late Ella Elizabeth Miller and Bishop Curtis Leonard. She attended elementary and high school in Salisbury and was the first female elected as president of Boyden High School. She attended Duke University from 1938-'42, receiving an AB degree in education and art history. She was president of Tri-Delta and N.C. State chairman of admissions and was the representative to install chapters at University of North Carolina.
After graduation she taught school in High Point and in 1944, attended the Art Students League at New York University and Columbia University. Her education continued throughout her life as she studied with various well-known teachers in the U.S. and Europe. She also earned her Interior Design degree; and while living in D.C., she designed the interiors for eight private railroad cars and several airplanes.
Her paintings have been in shows throughout the U.S. with commissioned work in many states, with many awards, and her paintings are found in many private and corporate collections. Her work reflected her many interests - flowers, landscapes, portraits and buildings.
She was a member of the Arts Student League, a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, member of Washington, D.C. Watercolor Society, N.C. Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society Associate, American Watercolor Associate and Associate of National Watercolor Society; and in 2005 was put on the Trustee Council Board of N.C. Museum of Art.
She and husband Dr. Rogers were active in communities where they lived - Bethesda, Md., New Bern and High Point, as well as Salisbury.
Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Max Pritchard Rogers, March 20, 2000; children Elizabeth Leonard Rogers Davidson Nelson and Holt Leonard Rogers.
Surviving are grandson John Rogers Davidson and wife Kelley S. Davidson and four great-grandchildren.
Service: A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at First United Methodist Church with interment in Chestnut Hill Cemetery.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North Carolina Arts Council, MSC 4632, Department of Cultural Resources, Raleigh, NC 27699-4632; Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St., Salisbury, NC 28144; and First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St., Salisbury, NC 28144.
Summersett Funeral Home and Cremation Center is handling arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.summersettfuneral.com
Published in Salisbury Post on December 2, 2012