Calvin Y. Rogers was born in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of Joseph and Marie Younkin Rogers, who instilled in him a love of music that began with violin lessons at age 5 and lasted through his final teaching days at age 86. Graduating from Oberlin College in 1943, Cal served in World War II, in the U.S. Army Specialist Training Corps. His company liberated the survivors of the Nazi death camp in Gunskirchen, Germany, in 1945, to which he returned 50 years later with his surviving company members to commemorate that life-changing event. In 1946 he married Helen Noxon and entered the Oberlin Conservatory of Music for a Master's Degree in Violin Performance, after which he moved to Ashland University in Ohio for 37 years as a Professor of Music, Chair of the Music Department, and Director of the Fine Arts Division. He conducted and played in many symphony orchestras and conducted the choir of the First Congregational Church in Mansfield. His superb musicianship resulted in international awards with his college choirs on regular European tours, a Fulbright award to teach and perform violin in South Korea for a year, and a choral conductorship in Anchorage Alaska. In 1984, he retired to Colorado Springs for 25 years of symphony performances and teaching, and in 2009 moved to Sacramento CA to be close to family. He is survived by Helen, his wife of 66 years; his daughters Sally, Suzy, and Debby; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He passed on to his eternal resting place in Sacramento, and was preceded in death by his brother Glenn Rogers and his nephew, "Skip" Rogers.
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Published in The Gazette on Nov. 16, 2012