Jean B. Rodgers Active in civic group

October 24, 1990

Services for Jean B. Rodgers, who had been an officer in the League of Women Voters in Baltimore City and Dorchester County, will be held at 1 p.m. today at Old Trinity Episcopal Church in Church Creek.

Mrs. Rodgers, who was 89 and lived in the Dorchester town of Woolford, died Sunday after at the William Hill Health Care Center in Cambridge after a long illness.

She served as president of the Dorchester County league after moving to Woolford in 1960, and earlier had been vice president in Baltimore. Also, she had served on the board of the YWCA in Baltimore where she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Later, she was a member of the Cambridge Women's Club, the Friends of the Dorchester County Library, the Izaak Walton League and the American Association of Retired Persons.

The former Jean Besley was a native of Tysons Corner, Va., but was reared in Baltimore and graduated from the Friends School. She attended Goucher College and the University of Maryland, where she received a bachelor's degree.

She taught science in schools in Howard County and at Friends before going to Oregon to teach courses in health for the Oregon Tuberculosis Association. In 1929, she returned to Baltimore and married S. Procter Rodgers, an industrial engineer for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. He died in 1984.

She is survived by a daughter, Margaret Ellen Rak of Vienna, Va.; a son, Kirk Procter Rodgers of Falls Church, Va.; a sister, Helen B. Overington of Waynesboro, Pa.; a brother, Dr. A. Kirkland Besley of New Knoxville, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

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