Peter Hubbard Rogers –
June 25, 1935 – January 19, 2014
Of Roseville, CA. survived by his three children, their spouses, and five grandchildren: daughter Pamela Sherman and her husband Ian, grandchildren Josie and Jackson of Roseville CA; son Scott Rogers and wife Lisa, grandchildren Sara and Liah of Buffalo NY; son Peter Rogers, Jr. and wife Sue, granddaughter Taylor of San Jose CA; sister Linda Rogers and husband Elliot Whipple of Westport MA, nieces Delia Windwalker of Belmont MA; Jennifer Chiapella of Stow MA.
Peter grew up in New York City, spending summers in Champion, NY a small dairy village in upstate NY. at his mothers family homestead known as The Hiram Hubbard House, where family members had lived and vacationed for six generations.
He attended The Trinity School graduating in 1953, excelling as an athlete in track & field and varsity football. He served on the yearbook and Trinity Times publications, and was a glee club member. He was known for his good spirits and liked by everyone from teachers to younger kids, normally ignored by upperclassmen.
Peter attended Lafayette College where he graduated in 1957 with B.A. in Economics. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He was also a member of college publication teams and the pi delta epsilon collegiate literary fraternity. He was Track Team Captain his senior year, receiving a full athletic scholarship. He was elected into Whos Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities 1957.
Pete attended Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA graduating in 1959 as a 2nd Lt. He was assigned to Fort Dix, NJ where he trained troops through their basic training. He left active duty in the early 60s but remained in Army Reserve for sixteen years attaining the rank of Captain.
During Peters civilian career beginning in the 1960s, he worked for a number of national food companies: Pillsbury, French, Borden, and Roland. progressing to Regional Sales Manager and in his last working years formed his own rep company, Champion Foods. The family moved with job opportunities and lived in Westfield, NJ, Ridgefield CT, Foster City CA, and finally Columbus OH.
His love of athletics is passed down to his son Scott who was a football player in school and college and daughter Pamela. Pete proudly watched her run the Boston Ma marathon in 1993 and she currently has a personal training business.
In 2005 Peter gifted the family homestead, the Hiram Hubbard House and property, to the 4 River Valleys Historical Society. The organization is in the process of restoring the house for offices and an education facility. See website www.4rvhs.org .
There will be a memorial gathering at the Hiram Hubbard House in Champion, NY in the spring - date to be determined.
Captain Peter Rogers will be honored at the end of April during the 55th annual reunion of his OCS class at Fort Benning with a memorial service and spreading of his ashes on the parade field where he once marched.