Cecil A. Rogers, Jr., 74, died on Saturday morning in Yuma. He was born in Hattiesburg, MS and grew up in the South, earning his BA from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS and his PhD in medical psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. He spent the early part of his career in academia, reaching the rank of Professor at the University of Arizona. After retiring from teaching he established and operated several independent bookstores in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM. On moving to Yuma in 1988, he built a private practice in clinical psychology and gained privileges at Yuma Regional Medical Center. He was devoted to improving the lives of others and loved this work, continuing in clinical practice until the end of his life.
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Cecil most enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid reader and a talented gardener. His interests included tinkering with computers and technology, glass working, and shooting. He loved motorcycles and classic cars. He was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and also held memberships in the American Psychological Association, the Order of Elks, the Harley Owners Group, and the Imperial Valley Hunting and Fishing Club. Cecil was a cheerful and optimistic person with a big heart and a terrific sense of humor. He will be dearly missed by many.
Cecil is survived by his spouse, Patricia E. Gabriel of Yuma; his children, Celeste Rogers of Fredericktown, MO, Elizabeth Rogers Fogt of St. Louis, MO, and David Wyatt Rogers of Yuma; two beloved granddaughters, Katherine Miller and Emma Fogt, both of St. Louis, MO; and his sister, Lila Jean Rogers Moreland and cousin, Leonard Moreland, both of Mount Hermon, LA. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Em Eaves Rogers of Meridian, MS.
A memorial service will be held this Friday, July 19 at 3pm the Yuma Regional Medical Center Chapel, located on the ground floor near the Heart Center.
Donations may be made in Cecil's name to the Drive for School Supplies through the Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center, or to the
Published in The Yuma Sun on July 18, 2013