ROGER C. SEARS

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Dr. ROGER C. SEARS  

Of Poolesville, MD passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 after battling metastatic melanoma.
 
Dr. Sears was born in York, PA on April 23, 1935. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1953, and graduated from dental school in 1960 from the University of Maryland. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962, he settled in Rockville, MD. Dr. Sears practiced dentistry in Rockville for 45 years before retiring to devote his time to the Izaak Walton League of America, an association committed to the preservation and enjoyment of the beautiful outdoors. A lifelong hunter, fisherman, and trainer of competitive hunting retrievers, Dr. Sears spent the last decade of his life working to strengthen the Izaak Walton League of America. He previously served as the Bethesda Chevy Chase Chapter treasurer, secretary, vice-president, president and was currently the Chairman of the National Executive Board of the Izaak Walton League of America. He was passionate about promoting a love of nature among young people. He also orchestrated the preservation of the 17th century cottage of its namesake in Staffordshire, England.
 
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary; his children, Margaret Heimbach of Poolesville, Maryland, Dr. Stephen Sears (Kristie) of Fort Collins, Colorado and John Sears (Rachel) of Germantown, Maryland. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Erna Sears of Towson MD; his sister, Sandra Owings (Russell) of Towson MD, and six loving grandchildren, Matt, Kevin, and Kate Heimbach, Lauren and Caroline Sears, and Andy Sears.
 
A Viewing will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 25 at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church in Poolesville, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Monday November 26 at Our Lady of the Presentation. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Barnesville, MD. Arrangements are provided by Hilton Funeral Home.
 
In lieu of flowers, gifts or donations may be made to the Izaak Walton League of America, 707 Conservation Lane Gaithersburg, MD 20878-2983 or to Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, P.O. Box 423 Poolesville, MD 20837.


Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 24, 2012
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