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   July 26, 2016
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 Remembering Dr. Jack Rogers

A Colleague, Student, and Friend, David Dolan,

pays tribute to his mentor, Jack Rogers
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Dear Tom Cramer, Friends, and Colleagues in the Presbytery of Los Ranchos:
 
Last week I learned that the Rev. Dr. Jack Bartlett Rogers, my long-time friend, former seminary professor and theological mentor passed away earlier this month. I am deeply saddened and feel the loss of such a dear friend and encourager, of me and so many others.
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A flood of memories and encounters with Jack have been passing through my mind since I’ve learned of Jack’s death. Time and space do not allow me now to recount all of them, but I’ll share just a few now:
  • Jack’s visionary preaching at my Service of Ordination in 1997
  • his making it a priority to attend my son’s first birthday party
  • Jack’s rapid offer to have lunch with a friend of mine seeking wisdom on a research opportunity
  • his and Sharon’s understanding of my struggle with learning disabilities, combined with their constant and kind concern for my welfare over the years.
Jack was a superb teacher, who drove many thousands of miles throughout Southern California to teach and launch the highly successful SFTS Southern California Program, of which I was one of the Program’s original students during its all too short tenure. Jack perfectly embodied Robert Greenleaf’s Servant-Leader model, as Jack always led by example as much as by his teaching and direction. I was as proud as ever when he was elected Moderator of the PC(USA) in 2001, as few knew the Presbyterian Church's ethos better than him and loved the Church more than him.
Perhaps my fondest recent memory of him was his escorting me back to see his private study area in the legendary Huntington Library in San Marino, followed by lunch in the Library’s Rose Garden Tea Room. I could see how happy he was being a scholar who delighted in vigorous research and writing. A true Pastor to Pastors, I know that Jack was welcomed in the next life with the words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
 
Sincerely,
Rev. David A. Dolan
Former Associate Executive Presbyter (1997-2009) and
Honorably Retired Minister-Member of the Presbytery of Los Ranchos

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