We lost Roge Feb. 25, 2004. Many of us first came to know him as a popular shipmate in that memorable V-12 crew who first mustered at Little Hall in July '43.
Roge went to the Pacific Fleet in '44 and returned in '46 with hopes for a foreign-service career via Princeton's SPIA. Unfortunately, his social life embezzled this objective, and he left Princeton to secure a bachelor's degree at Wooster College. Buckling down, he "wrestled" an MBA from Columbia and settled into a rewarding career in New York as an appraiser of all kinds of New York real estate â€” including the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Roge happily united this vocation with his longtime avocation â€” exploring New York's diverse neighborhoods by bicycle and foot. Few knew or loved the city more than he.
In 1983 he married delightful Judith. Sadly, thereafter he lost John, his son by his first marriage, but, happily, he and Judith were "blessed with Jimmy" in 1987, and, more recently, with adopted son Sean Karolis from Lithuania.
For decades Roge served his parish in many capacities. Loving merriment, he organized sing-alongs for neighborhood youngsters â€” teaching them to appreciate the tunes of our times. Indeed, he lived a life marked by a graceful combination of great peace of mind and love of infectious fun.
To Judith and the boys we extend our affection and sympathy.
The Class of 1947