Shirley D. Rogers, 68, city school administrator

August 01, 2005

Shirley D. Rogers, a retired Baltimore City elementary school principal, died of undetermined causes Tuesday at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 68.

Born in Baltimore, Shirley Smith graduated from Dunbar High School in 1955 and from Coppin State College in 1959. In 1970, she received her master's degree in teaching from what is now Antioch New England Graduate School, and she later took courses toward a doctorate.

She spent 37 years working in Baltimore City schools, the last 19 as an administrator, mainly at Hampden Elementary School, her family said. She retired in June 1995.

"She had former students who would approach her, recognize her and say, `Thank you for giving me such inspiration for making a success of my life,'" said her sister, Elaine B. White of Baltimore.

Mrs. Rogers had a "charismatic personality," her sister said. Mrs. Rogers also enjoyed teaching her now 3-year-old twin granddaughters their preschool lessons, her family said.

She loved to bowl, play cards and do crossword puzzles, her family said.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Faith Baptist Church, 833 N. Bond St., Baltimore.

In addition to her sister and granddaughters, Mrs. Rogers is survived by a daughter, Kimberly June Rogers-Brooks of Odenton.

A 1961 marriage to Thomas Rogers ended in divorce.

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