Charles R. `Pete' Rogers, 76, electronics engineer

February 23, 2004

Charles R. "Pete" Rogers, a retired electronics engineer who worked for the National Security Agency, died Tuesday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Columbia. The Ellicott City resident was 76.

Mr. Rogers was born in Baltimore and attended public schools before leaving high school to enlist in the Navy in 1945. He served aboard the USS Princeton during World War II and received an honorable discharge as a seaman second-class in 1946.

He completed high school after returning from the Navy.

Mr. Rogers then joined the federal work force. He retired from the NSA in 1989, after 37 years of federal service.

His interests were music and history, and he enjoyed reading, said his son, Peter Roberts of Brookeville.

He married Betty Castle in 1953. His wife, who was also in the vehicle in the accident Tuesday, was in critical condition yesterday at Shock Trauma.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 27015 Ridge Road in Damascus.

In addition to his wife and son, survivors include a daughter, Holly Beach of Pasadena; a sister, Verna Frederick of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

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