J W Rogers, 78, of Idaho Falls, passed away peacefully at his residence Thursday, June 13, 2013.
J W was born Dec. 5, 1934, in Auburn, Ky., to Fielding Waller Rogers and Kathleen Bass Rogers. He was always a hard worker from the age of 6, when he delivered papers in his hometown until high school graduation. He attended Auburn School without missing a day.
After graduation in 1952, he attended Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., and graduated with degrees in physics and mathematics. While attending college, he worked part time in the cafeteria and the meat market of Georgetown.
Upon graduation he moved to Oak Ridge, Tenn., where he began his lifelong career as a nuclear radiation and reactor physicist.
J W worked for Union Carbide from 1957 to1960. He moved to Idaho Falls in March 1960, working for Phillips Petroleum Company at what is now the INL. During his career, he was published in nuclear journals and reference encyclopedias citing many discoveries from intense experimentation with uranium 235. After 44 years, he retired, but remained a consultant until his death.
Also among J W's professional accomplishments were 40 years of service with Lockheed Martin; completion of EG&G management skills development program June 12, 1980; ASTM Committee E-10 Nuclear Technology and Applications Award of Merit in 1987; ASTM Committee E-10 Nuclear Technology and Applications for Outstanding Service and Dedication as local chair for 6th ASTM-Euration International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry held at Jackson Hole, Wyo., in June 1987; and ASTM Committee E-10 Nuclear Technology and Applications Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Leadership and Service to 8th ASTM-Euvation Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry in Vail, Colo., in September 1993, which was awarded in January 1994.
J W married Carrie Maxwell on March 5, 1960, at Central Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, Tenn. They moved to Idaho Falls and raised their family.
J W was a devout Christian, accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior at the age of 15. He was a member of Auburn Baptist Church as a young man. He has been a member of Calvary Baptist Church here in Idaho Falls since 1960. All who knew him are comforted by their knowledge of his faith and are sure he is fishing with Jesus and the angels along the shores of the Crystal Sea.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Carrie Rogers of Idaho Falls; daughters, Susanna (Robert) Rogers Nelson of Idaho Falls and Amanda Rogers Larsen of Pocatello; granddaughters, Whittney Christner of Sarasota, Fla., and Breanna Shelton of Russellville, Ky.; grandson, Andres Hernandez of Blackfoot; and brother, Glenn Bass (Marianne) Rogers of Nashville, Tenn.
No public services will be held.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.