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Mark E. Rogers

AGE: 61 • Newark

Noted fantasy author and illustrator Mark E. Rogers died of an apparent heart attack Feb. 2 while hiking with his family in California. Best known as the creator of the "Samurai Cat" series and "Zorachus," a 10 novel epic, Rogers' other works include "The Dead" regarded by many as a classic end-of-the-world novel and an early novella, "The Runestone" which was made into a movie starring Peter Riegert and William Hickey. Known for his sharp wit and sense of humor, he was a popular guest at science fiction and fantasy conventions around the United States for nearly four decades. Rogers graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Delaware where he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

He is survived by his beloved family: wife, Dr. Katherin Rogers, a philosophy professor at the University of Delaware; children, Sophia and husband Jason Modesette, Dana Point, Ca.; Jeanette and fiance Shannon Gifford and their daughter, Indigo; his sons, Patrick and Nicholas, all Newark, Del.; his sister, Lois, Lakewood, N.J and many friends.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. in St. John Church, Newark, Del.



Published in The News Journal on Feb. 19, 2014
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