Robert J. "Bob" Rogers, Denton, professor emeritus of piano pedagogy (1948-1984) and assistant dean 1969-1975 died May 14, 2013 at the age of 91. He was born on Nov. 7, 1921 in Bartlesville, OK. During his childhood, his mother often had to chase him off the piano bench so his sisters could practice. He married Daisy Putnam on December 7, 1944.
Bob came to North Texas State Teachers College in 1939 on a double bass scholarship after learning to play double bass since a piano scholarship was not available. After serving in the Army Signal Corps during World War II, he completed his bachelor's degree in piano at the Juilliard School. He received his master's degree from Columbia Teachers College. He joined the music faculty of UNT in 1948. He was a charter member and chapter advisor for the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Rogers' home was a gathering place for many fraternity members. He was an accomplished classical pianist, performing several times as soloist with the UNT orchestra. A man of incredible energy, for much of his career he played nightly at many clubs in Dallas and Fort Worth with the Bob Rogers Trio. In retirement, he was a popular performer at fundraisers around Denton, often as a member of the Donna Trammell Group. Bob never sought the spotlight, preferring to remain in the background at his piano. He remained young at heart because of the energy he gained from performing with his many friends. He was also an active community volunteer at organizations including the Denton Genetic Counseling Service, Denton Christian Preschool, and the Music Library at UNT. Rogers' many honors include the UNT Green Glory Award (1985), Denton's Community Arts Recognition Award (1999), UNT Outstanding Retiree (2003), and UNT Outstanding Alumnus Service Award (2012).
Survivors include his wife of 68 years Daisy Putnam Rogers, his daughter Beth Lorino and her husband Dusty, his daughter Kay Rhoads and her husband Chris, his son Robert Rogers and his wife Ellen, grandchildren Brian Fletcher (Susan), Lisa Parker (Daniel), Sam Rogers (Kelly), Rebecca Rogers and great grandson Patrick Fletcher.
Services: A worship service to celebrate Bob's life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. A family visitation will be held at the UNT Alumni Center on Friday from 5:30-7:30.
Memorials: The family asks that you send flowers to your loved ones. If desired, memorials can be made to the Robert J. Rogers Piano Scholarship at UNT, the Campus Theatre or the Denton Christian Preschool.