First Female Graduate of TU Business College Passes Away

Sunday, May 30, 2010

genave king rogers sits at desk in her officeTulsa investor and philanthropist Genave King Rogers passed away May 28, 2010 in Tulsa following a brief illness. She was 95. 

Genave was a longtime resident of Tulsa and an active member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist. In 1938, she became the first woman to graduate from the College of Business Administration at The University of Tulsa, where she also was active as a member of the “Windbagettes” pep squad.

She continued to serve and support TU throughout her lifetime, making substantial gifts to the university’s business law program, women's rowing and other athletics programs, annual fund, and scholarship endowments – most notably, the Leslie Rogers Memorial Scholarship Fund honoring her late husband. The Genave King Rogers Fountain and the bonfire ring on “the U” are among her campus beautification gifts.

A Phi Mu sister, Genave was known for her outgoing and adventuresome personality. She loved to dance, travel for pleasure or research investment opportunities, play golf and a mean game of bridge. In addition to supporting TU, Genave befriended community organizations including Boy Scouts of America, Tulsa Boys Home, Principia and Riverfield Country Day School.  She also was a sponsor of the 1998 Williams LPGA Pro Am Golf Tournament.

Genave’s accomplishments brought several honors. She was the first recipient of TU’s J. Paschal Twyman Distinguished Service Award (1992) and was one of the first inductees into the university’s Circle Society.  She also was named a Distinguished Alumna for the College of Business in 1999 and for the university in 2000, followed by induction into TU’s Business Hall of Fame in 2003. She was the first Oklahoman to receive the Phi Mu Woman of the Year award.

Genave was born on August 20, 1914 in Sentinel, Okla., and she was married to Leslie Rogers until his death in 1974.  Genave was preceded in death by her parents - Willie Mae Ferrell and John Oscar King, sister – May King Hullings and brother – James Oliver King.  She is survived by four nieces, two nephews and hundreds of extended family members and friends.  Nieces include Sharon H. Ing of Huntsville, Alabama; Meryl Lynn King Cook of Marietta, Georgia; Leigh Ann King Durrence of Glennville, Georgia; and Lisa King Goodyear of Roswell, Georgia.  Nephews are William Q. Hullings of Huntsville, Alabama, and William E. King of Alpharetta, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to The University of Tulsa’s annual fund sent in care of: The University of Tulsa, 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK  74104.

There will be a visitation on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at The University of Tulsa, Sharp Chapel. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. at Sharp Chapel.  Valet parking will be available at Bayless Plaza just south of the chapel. All friends and family are welcome.

David Hamby