Roger Charles "Skok" Little
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Roger Charles "Skok" Little
Mar 2, 1948 - Apr 24, 2017
Roger Charles Skok Little, died on April 24, 2017 in his home, in the loving care of his wife and family. Born March 2, 1948 in Waukegan, Illinois to Eloise Connolly Little and Robert Bush Little, he was nicknamed Skok as an infant for his fascination with the trains of the Skokie line that passed by his first home. Raised in Urbana, Illinois, he received his bachelor degree from Yale College in 1970, magna cum laude, with the highest distinction in economics. As an undergraduate, he was coxswain of the Yale Heavyweight Crew and was elected captain of the Varsity Crew in his senior year, a rare distinction for a coxswain. He received his JD/MA in Law and Economics from Yale Law School in 1974 and that year married Margaret (Peggy) Frederick Little. He practiced antitrust, securities, contracts, property and commercial real estate law in Connecticut and then at Merrill Lynch in New York City, where his practice expanded to include intellectual property law, and all legal aspects of the development of the World Financial Center in New York City. With his devoted support, Peggy received her undergraduate and law degrees from Yale. He then developed his own commercial real estate law practice throughout the United States and in 2004 went into partnership with Peggy, continuing in similar and expanded areas of practice with national and international clients. For many years he coached Little League, including a memorable 1994 season where his team – with son Nate and daughter Anna among the many talented players – won the town championship. He played lead guitar and sang in bands in high school, college and law school to support his education, and continued guitar and singing throughout his life, including singing tenor in the Fairfield County Chorale and other local choral and oratorio groups. Other hobbies included model railroading, building reproduction furniture for his historic home, history, biography, literature and music, including making music with Peggy and their three children Nate, Anna, and Caitlin, travel throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, fine food and wine, and gardening that produced renowned heirloom tomatoes and a refuge of peace and beauty around his home. A quiet man, a gentle man, an intelligent and honest man, Skok is survived by Peggy and their three beloved children Nate, of New York, NY, Anna, of Charleston, SC, and Caitlin Ross and her husband Robert Ross of New York, NY, and their son, Skok's beloved grandson, Jack. Skok is also survived by his three sisters, Bridget Rorem of Kankakee, Illinois, Rebecca Oorthuys of Seattle, Washington and Mindy Gulyash of Kankakee, Illinois. Funeral arrangements are private.
A memorial service will be held at Dwight Chapel, 67 High Street, New Haven, CT 06511 on the Old Campus of Yale University on May 12. 2017 at 10:00 am. Donations in memory of Skok may be made to Yale University, Yale Heavyweight Crew Association P.O. Box 1844 New Haven, CT 06508 or to a charity of the donor's choice. To offer online condolences please visit www.dennisanddarcy.com



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Published in Connecticut Post on Apr. 30, 2017.
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November 2, 2017
I come late to the sad realization that Skok is gone. He and Peggy have always been very warm and inclusive toward Myra and I. We shared a love of music and historic architecture. We will miss his conversations and good humor.
Colin Healy
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July 31, 2017
I grew up with Skok, was his neighbour and went to High School with him. He was always talented and smart. I particularly remember Latin class with Mrs. Dobbins. Right from an early age he talked of being a lawyer and he was gentle and brilliant. I was so sorry to lose touch with Skok and his sisters who have meant so much to me. Bridget, Mindy, Rebecca and I played together a lot as children. -along with my sister Carol- We spent lots of time together. Skok was a great baseball player, too. We played in our back yard. I have always been especially fond of Bridget. We shared a Uni High experience along with 4-H, camp and many, many hours talking and in friendship. Mindy, Rebecca, Bridget - I treasure our times together and friendship. Peggy - and family - and friends - I share in your grief and send my fondest condolences and hugs! Thinking of you all - near to my heart - including Skok of course! I would welcome any contact.
Kay Hubbard
May 26, 2017
I am saddened to hear of Skok's passing and remember well his calm demeanor while co(a)xing us through rough waters. His bio is wonderful.

Mac Noyes, Indianola WA
May 17, 2017
Very sorry to learn of Skok's passing. He was a true Renaissance man, and will be sorely missed. My heartfelt sympathy to his family.

Steve Cushner,MD Yale 1971.
Steve Cushner
May 12, 2017
Skok played a leading role in captaining the Yale heavyweight crew under quite difficult circumstances - for both the crew and for Yale - in the late '60s, but my fondest memories since then are of Skok and Peggy lighting up the dance floor with wild abandon at reunions over the past half century. A life very well lived, and lost far too soon. RIP, Skok, and Peggy, my deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Thomas Weil
May 9, 2017
I was captain of the lightweight crew when Skok was captain of the heavies. I have vivid memories of racing between heavies and lights in the fall and early spring, and of the occasional soccer match in the fall. It was a tumultuous time for Yale rowing and Yale in general. I find it very comforting to read that he had a full life that found so many outlets for his talents and his pleasant disposition. Please accept my condolences.
Al Minier
May 9, 2017
Very sorry to hear about your loss.
Nat Case
May 6, 2017
Skok was a great guy, a straight arrow, but with a hilarious sense of humor at times. What a loss!
John Evans
May 2, 2017
Saddened to hear of the loss of Skok...we have many fond memories of our Little League days... our deepest sympathies

Sarnecky family- Art, Marina, Doug & Greg
May 2, 2017
I have known Skok and Peggy since 1973 when they helped make my stay in Saybrook College a key part of my life.
Tracey Nelson / Mother Earth - "Seven Bridges Road", "Temptation" and many other songs were joyously sung and I didn't miss a Yale game with them during my time there...
We have kept up with them since then through their fanatastic hospitality to me and my family in Stratford and we had the chance of showing them something of Brittany during one Summer.
It seems such a little time since I took photos at their wedding in Dwight Chapel and I will always remember Skok for his kindness and wisdom in all the conversations I had with him over the years.
Stephen Potter
May 1, 2017
Skok and Peggy are great friends and offered their home and company when I was at Yale and on many reunions and trips back to New Haven. Skok loved Yale football and, at the 2014 reunion on a gorgeous Saturday, Skok said he was going to the Yale football game that afternoon and skipping the presentation by Justices Sotomayor and Thomas. I paused for only a second and then asked Skok if he had an extra ticket. While it later horrified some of my YLS classmates that I went to a Yale football game over two Supreme Court justices, Skok and I had a great time and watched Yale defeat Penn. It was a great afternoon that, like Skok and Peggy, I will always treasure.
Gary Fowler
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