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John Rogers, Jr.

The name John Rogers is synonymous with excellence in law and commitment to education within the Tulsa community.

Recognized as one of the founding fathers of the TU College of Law, John Rogers, Sr., served as dean of the law school from 1949-1957. He also was a university trustee, founded the Rogers and Bell Law Firm, and served as attorney for Tulsa philanthropist James A. Chapman.

His son, John Rogers, Jr., made his mark as a successful commercial photographer, but it was his estate that endowed a scholarship fund that, today, provides more than 20 scholarships annually since the gift was received in 2006. The younger Rogers and his wife, Georgette, established the John and Hazel Rogers Memorial Scholarship for Law to permanently honor his parents. The transformative gift has helped the law school attract and retain top students who are dedicated to advancing the Rogers' legacy of legal education and advocacy.

TU Trustee Sharon Bell, a 1985 TU law graduate and trustee of the Chapman Charitable Trusts, said John Jr. was a personal friend and champion of the law student.

"John was a modest person with a generous spirit," Sharon said. "He always loved students and wanted to make it easier for them to go to law school. This was a phenomenal gift for TU and the legal profession."