Kathleen Carr Rogers, taught at city college

June 26, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Kathleen Carr Rogers, a professor in Baltimore City Community College's business and information systems division, died June 5 of asphyxia after an accident in her home in the Arcadia section of Baltimore. She was 59.

She had taught for 25 years at the college, where she was remembered by Joan Finucci, a professor of mathematics, as a teacher who was "student oriented, who went to bat for them."

Mary Smith, a colleague, said, "She was a superior teacher and a powerful motivator who had a deep commitment to excellence in teaching and a lifelong love for learning."

Her charity extended to helping Russian and Jamaican immigrants who came to Baltimore. Yury Shvarts, a computer trainer at Goucher College, recalled, "She heard me in a room asking about software for a computer typing program and came over, she didn't know me, and gave me what I needed. We became friends, and she even found a job for me. I helped out teaching her a little Russian."

Thomas J. Rogers, her husband, a quality control supervisor at ++ Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point Shipyard, said, "She always had a sense of people who needed help. She was always finding them and taking them under her wing."

Born and reared in Overbrook, near Philadelphia, she was a 1952 graduate of the Country School of the Sacred Heart and earned her bachelor's degree from Drexel University in 1956 and a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962.

After moving to Baltimore in 1965, she taught at Northwestern High School until 1969, when she joined the faculty at BCCC, where she chaired many committees. In 1992, she won the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding community college teachers.

She was active in the affairs of St. Francis of Assisi Church as a member of the parish council, was a representative to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and was secretary to the mission committee of the church.

She enjoyed knitting, cruising aboard the Queen Elizabeth II and visiting the Cotswold Hills in England.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered on June 8 at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church.

In addition to her husband of 38 years, she is survived by three sons, Thomas J. Rogers of Glen Rock, Pa., Sean C. Rogers of Towson and Charles J. Rogers of Rodgers Forge; two daughters, Kathleen A. Rogers and Karen A. Hetherington, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Jane C. Hill of Gladwyne, Pa., and Helene C. Daniel of Washington, D.C.; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Kathleen C. Rogers Scholarship Fund, c/o Herbert Sledge, Baltimore City Community College, 600 E. Lombard St., Baltimore 21202.

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