Robert M. Rogers Sr., Realty Firm Partner

August 09, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Robert Manning Rogers Sr., a former partner in the old Baltimore real estate firm of O'Conor, Piper & Flynn, died Wednesday from complications after surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Jarrettsville resident was 84.

Mr. Rogers was born in Baltimore and raised in Govans. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1943, where he had been an outstanding ice hockey and lacrosse player, he enlisted in the Marine Corps.

He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bennington in the Pacific, and after being discharged in 1946, enrolled at Loyola College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1950.

Mr. Rogers was working in sales for Monumental Millwork Inc. when he earned a real estate license and began working for O'Conor & Flynn in 1960 - later O'Conor, Piper & Flynn.

"He was so outstanding in the field that we made Bob a partner in 1964, and he stayed with us until he retired in 2003," said James P. O'Conor, a founder of the firm and a longtime friend.

"Some real estate people specialize in areas where they sell homes, but not Bob. It didn't matter where a house was, he'd work hard to sell it," Mr. O'Conor said.

"He was such an outstanding and well-liked salesman that he earned the label of 'dynamic salesman,' because for years, he was the leading salesman in Baltimore," he said.

Mr. O'Conor ascribed his friend's success to a natural liking of people and an innate kindness, and "being very hardworking."

Mr. Rogers was also one of the original founders of the Million-Dollar Association.

He enjoyed reading, boating and spending time at a second home in Royal Oak on the Eastern Shore.

Mr. Rogers was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike, Hydes, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

Surviving are his wife of 30 years, the former Judith Harvey; four sons, Robert M. Rogers Jr. of Whitefish, Mont., John C. Rogers of Bishopville, Timothy P. Rogers of Washington and Jeffrey M. Rogers of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.

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