Former City Commissioner and Mayor and retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Robert Rogers, 76, died in his home in Fernandina Beach, Florida, December 7. 2007.
Rogers served as a City Commissioner for two terms and served as Mayor for a year. He left office in 2002.
“He was a hard worker, very, very meticulous,” said City Commissioner Ron Sapp, who served with Rogers as a Commissioner for four years. “He was very energetic in pursuit of what he believed the right thing to be.”
Rogers moved to Fernandina Beach in 1986 after a distinguished, 32-year career in the U.S. Navy.
He served as Naval Aide to the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Commanding Officer of the USS Lamoure City, USS Austin and commander of Destroyer Squadron 8 at Mayport Naval Station.
Rogers returned to Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans, Policy and Intelligence under the Supreme Allied Commander in the Atlantic; as Deputy Commander on the Staff of the Commander of the Naval Surface Fleet in the Atlantic; and three years as Commander of Amphibious Group Two. He retired as Director for Logistics for the Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet.
He received several decorations for his work in military intelligence and surface warfare strategies and tactics. He was awarded the Legion of Merit with four Gold Stars, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with a Gold Star, the Navy Commendation Medal and Gold Star, National Defense Medal (Bronze Star), Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross) and numerous others.
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1954. He earned a master of science degree from George Washington University and attended the Naval War College earning the U.S. Navy's first Sims Award. In 1959, he returned to the academy as an instructor and football coach.
Rogers was predeceased by his parents, Jack Willoughby Rogers and Margaret Snyder; first wife, Jeanne Weaver; and oldest son, Robert Rogers Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Marolyn; sons Stephen (Susan) Rogers and John (Tabitha) Rogers; daughter Kathryn (Brad) Peterson; stepson Gary; stepdaughter Sandy; sister Joan Campbell of Melbourne Beach; numerous grandchildren and one great grandson; and his beloved cat, Troubie.
A funeral was Wednesday at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Overton officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
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