STUART CLARK ROGERS December 19, 1937 – June 13, 2020 (82 years old)
Stuart Clark Rogers completed his life journey peacefully with loving family at his bedside on June 13, 2020 to be reunited with his beloved wife of 58 years, Polly Childs Rogers.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia and growing up in Northport, New York, Stuart had a full and rewarding life. After attending Middlesex on scholarship, a prestigious boarding school in New England, he attended the University of New Mexico for a year then transferred and graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. degree in Psychology. During his college years, he became involved in the theater life, participating in plays and musicals. After graduating, Stuart signed for the summer at The Duke’s Oaks Theater in Cooperstown, New York and also began singing in a nightclub. He continued in New York City with several television one-shots, a few off-Broadway shows and commercial modeling. It was during that time when he found true love and “the single best part of his entire life”, Polly Childs.
They married on March 24, 1962, one year to the day of their first meeting. They were married at Fort Myer, Virginia and were living in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Stuart had been drafted into the US Army as a private and assigned as a Personnel Psychologist with a two year commitment of active duty. Polly was commuting to New York to perform on “The Secret Storm” as Kate Lodge and Stuart continued to do television commercials and modeling to make ends meet.
After Stuart’s discharge from the Army, the happy young couple embarked on a two month international voyage to all of the places they had dreamed of during their time together. He says it was “one of the best investments of our eventful and happy life together, providing memories we enjoy to this day.”
Upon return, Stuart took an entry-level position with Benton & Bowles advertising agency, building his skills for the next two years. After that, they relocated to Rochester, New York where Stuart worked for Eastman Kodak Company for 16 ½ years, with his final position of Director of Field Communications in International Operations, an exciting job which took him to many places in the world. While in Rochester, they had a daughter, Alexandra Peyton, who was born in 1966. He describes her as “the best thing I ever did besides persuading Polly to marry me.”
The departure from Kodak was prompted by a senior executive service appointment to the Director of Public Liaison for the United States Information Agency during President Reagan’s administration. Finding that politics was not his cup of tea, he set up a marketing consulting agency in Alexandria, Virginia for several years until the couple decided to move to Colorado to be closer to Polly’s family. He continued providing marketing and advertising consulting in Denver from 1985 to 1990 at which time he started teaching marketing and advertising at the Denver Technical College and then for the Executive MBA program at the University of Denver. He spent an accomplished and enjoyable ten years at DU before retiring with Polly to engage in creative projects and continue their international travels.
Stuart has published countless trade articles, many columns in newspapers, seven marketing books, numerous short stories in literary magazines and a lengthy historical novel set in Fifth Century Britain. His two grandchildren have brought him years of great joy and happiness since 1999. Other interests include his love of reading, art and music (particularly folk songs and old English ballads). His favorite pastime, travelling with Polly, has taken him all over the US and abroad to over 50 international destinations including England, Scotland, Hungary, Great Wall of China, Jordan, Patagonia, Sailing around Cape Horn, Australia, the Orient, New Zealand, Fiji and Scandinavia (to name a few).
In his serene departure, after his aggressive recurring cancer diagnosis, he stated that he had lived a great life and was ready to go. He is reunited with his beloved soulmate following a life that was very much worth living. He will be cherished and missed by his surviving family and friends, always remembered as a highly intelligent man with an interesting story to tell and an undying love for his beautiful wife. He is preceded in death by his wife Polly Childs Rogers, with their final resting place together at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO; survived by his daughter, Alexandra Peyton Stockon and fiancé Kenny Fountain; grandchildren Domonique Alexandra and Charles Cody Stockon; sisters-in-law Mary Childs Leeper and Ellin Childs Hayes; brothers-in-law Andy Andersen and Gordon Hayes.
Graveside Service will be held on June 29th at Ft. Logan National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Active Minds of Denver, an organization that provides life-long learning opportunities through lectures to adults (particularly seniors). Website: https://activeminds.com/index.html. Stuart greatly enjoyed attending their programs after the departure of his wife during the past year. It is NOT a non-profit organization so the donations are not tax deductible. Mail checks to Active Minds, ATTN: Zane Robertson, 990 Krameria Street, Denver, CO 80220 and please include “Stuart Rogers” on the memo line. Thank you for your generosity.
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