General F. Michael Rogers

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Born in Somerville, MA on July 6, 1921, and a resident of Santa Barbara since 1990, Michael Rogers passed away April 23, 2014 from complications of Parkinson's disease. He served our country with distinction in the United States Air Force from 1942 until 1978, enlisting as a private and working his way to the rank of four - star general. Upon retirement from the Air Force, he became an investment banker and later became President and CEO of Regent Air, a luxury airline serving travelers between New York and Los Angeles. In 1986, he became the founding Chairman and CEO of MGM Grand Air, also a luxury airline serving the New York - Los Angeles market.

General Rogers was predeceased by his wife, Virginia, and is survived by their four children: Ginna Rogers-Gould (David) of Arnold, MD, Stephen Rogers of Odenton, MD, Derek Rogers (Barbara and her daughter Kasey Marenco) of Los Angeles, CA, and Ian Rogers (Sherry) of Portland, OR, as well as his grandchildren Felicita Gould, Jessica Rogers and Sean Rogers. He also leaves his sisters Ruth Lally of Andover, MA and Patricia Leahy of W Newton, MA, his niece Brooke Stephens of Carpenteria, CA, his nephew Mark Scott-Paine, also of Carpinteria, and many other beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

General Rogers remarried and is survived by his wife, Catherine, and her daughter Kelsey Butts Desmond of Mobjack, VA and her son Phillip Butts of Topanga, CA.

Burial service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

A memorial mass will be held Tuesday, May 20, at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church in Montecito at 11 o'clock in the morning.

Please Google "General F. Michael Rogers" to read more about his extensive life achievements.

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from May 6 to May 10, 2014
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