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Gerald Blane Rogers

Gerald Blane Rogers LUBBOCK-Gerald Blane Rogers, 83, of Ransom Canyon died March 15, 2013. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Ransom Canyon Fellowship Church with Travis Hart and Mark McMillan officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Rix Funeral Directors this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Gerald was born on June 10, 1929, at White Horse Township (near Alva) in Woods County, Okla., to Ancell Robert Rogers and Grace Evalena Coin Rogers. He got to Texas as quick as he could at age one, when his family moved to Vega, Texas, where he grew up and attended public schools. In 1947, he became the first person in his family ever to attend college when he accepted a basketball scholarship at Amarillo College. In his final season at Amarillo College, he was the only Unanimous Choice selection to the All-Region V Junior College basketball team. After graduating from Amarillo College, he had his choice of basketball scholarship offers from several four-year institutions in the Southwest. From 1950-52 he attended Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso) and received many individual honors in Border Conference basketball. In 1951 he was consistently at or near the top of Border Conference scoring and was named All-America Honorable Mention. In 1952 he led the nation in field goal percentage for most of the season and ended up second in NCAA record books. At Texas Western College, Gerald graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1952 and a master's degree in 1955. He later completed over 100 semester hours of graduate work at Texas Tech University, The University of Texas and Texas A&M University. After graduation, Gerald served as head basketball coach at Crane (Texas) High School for three years, and then in 1955 accepted a position on the original faculty of Monterey High School in Lubbock. In 10 years at Monterey, he served as assistant basketball coach, head basketball coach, student activities director, and assistant principal. From 1965-67, he served as executive director of the West Texas Cooperative Audio Visual Services, an educational film library on the Texas Tech campus serving 36 area public school districts and Texas Tech. In 1967, Gerald became the second employee of Region 17 Education Service Center when he was named director of Educational Media Services for that newly established institution. He was instrumental in the development of Region 17 and spent the last 22 years of his career there. He retired as executive director of the Education Service Center in 1989 after a total of 37 years service in public school education. In 1990, the Board of Directors of Region 17 expressed their appreciation to Gerald Rogers' contributions by designating their main meeting room the Rogers Room. Throughout his professional career, Gerald was active in many professional and civic organizations. A few of those follow: president of the J. K. Wester Elementary School Parent Teacher Association; president of the Texas Association for Educational Technology; Boy Scouts Explorer Post Advisor; Lubbock Symphony Board; Board of Directors of the Educational Film Library Association (NYC); treasurer of the Association for Educational Communications & Technology Convention in Dallas; and master of ceremonies at the Awards Presentation of the Educational Film Festival in New York City. He served 24 years on the Advisory Board of the National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration. He maintained active memberships in the Red Raider Club, Texas Tech Alumni Association, UTEP Alumni Association, Texas Retired Teachers Association and Retired Administrators Association, and was a Life Member of Texas PTA. One of the things he enjoyed most was serving as public address announcer for Texas Tech football and basketball games. He served in this position for a total 31 years (19692000) and announced a total of 729 games. In all this time, he never missed a home football game. An honor that he greatly treasured was being named an Honorary Saddle Tramp in Texas Tech's athletic spirit organization. Some other personal accolades include: Family of the Year for 1968-69 at Wester Elementary School; Boss of the Year for 1975 by the American Business Women's Association of Lubbock; and the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2005 by the American Cowboy Culture Association. After retirement in 1989, Gerald and Babs enjoyed traveling in their motor home to all the contiguous 48 states of the United States and most of the Canadian provinces. They also enjoyed several cruises and traveled to many foreign countries. They continued to be ardent fans and supporters of Texas Tech football and both men's and women's basketball teams. Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Babs Dawson Rogers; their two sons and their families, Steve and Karen Rogers, and Kimberly, Meredith and Robert of San Antonio, and Mark and Rachel Rogers, and Travis, McKenzie and Emily of Fort Worth; brothers, Jerry and his wife Nancy Burgas Rogers of Santa Fe, N.M., and Elvin and his wife Ophelia Rogers of Brownwood, Texas; and many nieces and nephews. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Ancell and Grace (Coin) Rogers, and his older brother, Elden Rogers, who was killed in action in World War II aboard aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin on his 19th birthday, March 19, 1945. The family suggests memorials be sent to .

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Mar. 18, 2013
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