Born in 1927 in Attleboro, Mass., he graduated from the Taft School in 1944, was in the Navy V-12 program at Princeton, and graduated from medical school at Columbia in 1950.
He was on the faculty at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and maintained a private practice in New York City from the mid-1950s until his retirement in 2014. He also served as president of the New York Institute of Psychoanalysis.
Roger was married three times. He and his first wife, Florence, married during his last year at medical school and were divorced in 1970. They were parents of a son, Stuart; a daughter, Carol; and grandparents of four. Roger also left three adult stepchildren and numerous step-grandchildren.