ROGER D. STEPHONMarch 25, 1937-February 14, 2013
Of Ft. Washington, MD, born in Detroit, MI to George and Mildred Stephon. Roger lived a life of service, to his country in the Navy, then as an educator and later an advocate for teachers' rights and quality education. He worked tirelessly for the Lansing Schools Education Association, the Michigan and Florida Education Associations, Overseas Education Association, and finally as a director of human & civil rights with the National Education Association in Washington, DC.
He worked throughout his life for numerous human and civil rights causes, including passage of the ERA, working to end violence against children, advocating for LGBT rights, and advocating for girls' access to education throughout the world. He served his local community by supporting local farmers and promoting CSA organizations, and by his dedication to those in need, especially through the Oxon Hill Food Pantry.
Roger is survived by his wife, Sandra and stepson, Michael (Anne) Delp; his four children, Chris (Debbie) Stephon, Sue Merritt, Vicki Walker and Doug (Izumi) Stephon; and their mother, Barbara; as well as six grandchildren whom he adored. We remember his keen intellect, quick wit, and love for both children and animals. He was a fighter until the end.Family and friends are invited to Roger's Life Celebration on Wednesday, February 20 from 3 p.m. until service time at 4 p.m. at GEORGE P. KALAS FUNERAL HOME, 6160 Oxon Hill Rd. Oxon Hill, Oxon Hill, MD. Inurnment at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oxon Hill Food Pantry, c/o Interfaith Community Action Council, P.O. Box 0934, Temple Hills, MD 20757-0934. Online guestbook available at: