In Memoriam: Robert “Bob” Rogers, Ph.D. EE ’79

Robert (“Bob”) Rogers died on July 7, 2017 at Bella Sera Nursing facility in Ridgecrest California of complications from brain cancer. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Terry Rogers, Jr. and his mother, Marguerite Moillett Rogers (Dr. Peggy Rogers). He was born in Ridgecrest on April 13, 1952, attended Burroughs High School, and received his BS Physics from New Mexico School of Mines (1973) and PhD EE from New Mexico State University (1979). Bob met his future wife Valerie Kuning at NMSU; they were married in 1979 in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Las Cruces NM.

After graduating, Bob was a Civil Servant at White Sands Missile Range and the Air Force Weapons Laboratory, and then joined BDM International, Inc. In 1989 he and Valerie accepted Civil Service positions at China Lake, where he managed the Inertial Development Branch. He had subsequent tours in the Tomahawk Program Office and the Integrated Battlespace Arena, and finished his career as Chief Engineer for the Instrumentation Division of the China Lake Ranges Department. In 2014 he retired to a life of gourmet cooking, raising chickens, and participation in Christ the King Anglican Church.

Bob lived an active life including many years of horse camping, trail riding, calf roping, and simply having fun with his favorite horse, a mustang named Joker. Bob is survived by his wife Valerie, sons Russell (Linda of Sacramento, CA) and David (Albuquerque, NM), brothers Alexander (Sandy and wife Fran) and Terry (and wife Pat all of Ridgecrest), and Charles (and wife Tracy of San Diego), and sister Alison Lingel (and husband Garry of Phoenix, AZ).


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