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Thomas Michael "Tom" Rogers

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Thomas Michael "Tom" Rogers Obituary
Thomas "Tom" Michael Rogers

Phoenix - On March 23, 2018, Thomas "Tom" Michael Rogers, age 72, passed away at his home in Phoenix, AZ, after an all-too-short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was lovingly tolerated and is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cynthia Hood Rogers, and their children Kate (Max) Thomas and John Rogers.

Tom was born in Phoenix, AZ, on Friday, April 13, 1945, and adopted by his wonderful parents, Robert Wilbur Rogers and Katherine Bernice Rogers. He graduated from Camelback High School in 1963, and then thrived during his college years at George Washington University in D.C. In 1967, he graduated with a B.A. in Public Affairs and a lifelong love for the Washington Redskins. With the Vietnam War in full swing, Tom enrolled in the U.S. Army Engineer Officer Candidate School and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1969, and promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1971, with the 209th MI Bat., II FFV. After his military service in Vietnam concluded, Tom returned to George Washington University and found law school to be much less stressful than war. He graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctorate in 1973, and returned to Phoenix, letting his mother dote on him while he studied for the Arizona Bar Exam.

In addition to his activities as legal counsel for clients in both the public and private sectors for 45 years, Tom was also active in bar, college and other education programs to train and educate attorneys, human resources professionals, employers and employees related to employment and labor law. He loved his work, boasting "I FIRE" on his license plate during his tenure as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, authoring multiple books and articles, and willingly serving multiple terms as Editor-in-Chief of the Arizona Employment Law Handbook.

But more than the law, Tom loved his family, friends, and community. In 1981, he married the love of his life, Cynthia, and together they raised two children who are just as outgoing, stubborn, and opinionated as their father. He was an active member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Squaw Peak Rotary, Vice President of the Sudanese Education Foundation, Merit Badge Counselor for Boy Scout Troop 401, volunteer and fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, and Tenor in the All Saints' Episcopal Church Choir. Wherever Tom went, friends would gather, and lively conversation and debate would commence.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 13, at 2:00 PM at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 6300 North Central Avenue, Phoenix. Reception to follow at Duck and Decanter, 1651 East Camelback Road, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sudanese Education Foundation (695 W Rose Lane, Phoenix AZ 85013) and the All Saints' Episcopal Church Friends of Music (checks payable to All Saints, memo: Friends of Music).
Published in The Arizona Republic from Apr. 1 to Apr. 11, 2018
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