OBITUARY

Kenneth Aldred Rogers

April 15, 1937December 6, 2019

On Friday, December 6, 2019, Kenneth Aldred Rogers, loving husband of Eleanor Rogers, father of Philip Rogers (deceased) and Kevin Rogers of Wallingford, CT, grandfather of three, and brother of Karen Harrison of Clinton, NJ, passed away at the age of 82. Kenneth was born on April 15, 1937, in Union, NJ to Aldred and Dorothy Rogers. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1959 and his graduate degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School in 1961. On May 24, 1966, he married Eleanor Hutchinson. Their life together started abroad as Kenneth served in the Foreign Service in Burma, now Myanmar. The Burmese people left a lasting impression, which he honored by supporting many who fled from government persecution in subsequent years. Returning to the states after almost five years abroad, Kenneth accepted an appointment at Washington University. Shortly thereafter, his sons, Kevin and Philip, were born. Then, in 1978, Kenneth accepted the position of Associate Dean of International Services and Programs, a position he would hold until his retirement in 2002. Known as a colleague of surpassing kindness and wisdom, he played an important part in many students' lives over the years. He was repeatedly recognized by national organizations as well as those more local for his service and contributions. At the end of his career he was humbled to be honored with the Homer Higbee Award from the National Association of Foreign Student Affairs, as well as being named a Distinguished Hoosier and a Sagamore of the Wabash. He will be remembered as a man of surpassing quality: humble, gracious, loving, and true. Intelligent and compassionate, he sought to live well by serving others and building understanding through education. A member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, he lived their mission to be open to all. He loved to read, write, and paint. Those lucky enough to receive a letter or landscape felt the unprecedented warmth that only he could transmit by those means. One cannot think of Kenneth without recalling the definition of success that Emerson set out as a challenge to all good men: "To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; [...]To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." A private service will be held for family. Donations in honor of Kenneth may be sent to the Global Engagement Scholarship Fund, care of the IU Foundation.

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VAN PIANG

December 7, 2020

One of the most humble men, I have ever known in my life. I will treasure all the memories we shared when I came to USA in 1997. Thank you dean for everything you did for me!

With love & respect!
Van (Piangte)

Zaw Htut

December 6, 2020

Today is the first anniversary of passing of Dean Ken Rogers. Not only did we lose a very humble and kind person a year go, we also lost a great supporter for the cause of Democracy in Burma. Someone once told me that if you want to learn “diplomacy,” you can learn a lot from him.

I came to know Kenneth A. Rogers as “Dean Rogers” when I came to the US 19 years ago. Since I met him from that first moment, I felt like I became very close to him. I am sure most of Burmese people who happened to meet him felt the same. While I was in Bloomington, Indiana, for 4-plus years, I met him from time to time. My meetings with him are all memories to me. All chats started with smile. All chats ended with jokes. He always smiled as well as he liked to crack jokes.

I was not able to find words in describing how sad I was, like other BRSP alumni were. Therefore, I waited a year for this passage.

Although a year has passed, I do not forget you, Dean. I still miss you and I always will, Dean Ken Rogers.

Bob Ericksen

January 11, 2020

Ken was one of those legendary figures and leaders I'd met when I first entered the field of international education. As we became peers over the years, I could see the impact of his kind heart, eager mentorship of others, and passion for advancing international education as a means to greater global understanding and peace. I'm privileged to have known Ken.

Nehginpao Kipgen

December 11, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of Kenneth Aldred Rogers, someone whom I have known as one of the most humble, kind, loving and generous gentlemen during my initial years in the United States. The photo was taken at Indiana University in 2002.

Nehginpao Kipgen
Jindal School of International Affairs
O.P. Jindal Global University

Margaret Joseph Zimmerman

December 11, 2019

I will always remember Ken as the knowledgeable, empathetic man with the pleasant countenance. Indiana University's international students were so fortunate to have him working for their well-being. I was a better, more informed person for having known him. My heartfelt condolences to Ellie.
--Margaret

Carol Myint

December 10, 2019

I am so sad to hear of Ken Rogers' passing. Dean Rogers hired me as a graduate assistant at the Office of International Services in August 1999. As a direct result of working for him, and his mentorship over the years as a graduate student, I am now still working in the field of international student services 20 years later. He was instrumental in opening the door to a career that I love. Ken also was to driving force behind the Department of State Burmese Refugee Scholarship Program (BRSP) that brought Burmese students to study at Indiana University. Because of his unfailing dedication to the Burmese students, he helped countless students rebuild their lives after fleeing Burma. I managed that scholarship program for four years and inherited a well-run program with deep roots that had a solid foundation, all because of Dean Rogers. We last saw Ken Thanksgiving 2018 and we made sure we stopped by for a visit. Ken animatedly told us about his time working for the State Department in Burma in 1961 as if it was yesterday. He had such a deep history and deep dedication to this country. Ellie, he will be greatly missed by many, many extremely grateful former students, including my husband, Tun Myint. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Myat Soe

December 10, 2019

Sayar Gyi,

Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. We, the exiled Burmese students always love you at the beginning and to the end. We will miss you forever.

You always support Resettlement Struggles of Burmese Refugee Students in U.S.A, and you always promote democracy and human rights in Burma.

You are very supportive and kind. You are very humble with a big heart, filled with love and humility.

May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

Myat Soe- IU graduate & An exiled Burmese student 1988
Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Sandra Bender

December 10, 2019

Although I didn't know Mr. Rogers personally, I know his wife, Ellie. She is an amazing, loving person, who was dedicated to her family, and to her profession. My sincere sympathy to her and the family at this sad time.

Zilola Saidova

December 10, 2019


I am deeply saddened to learn about Mr. Rogers’ passing. It is such a great loss.
Dean Rogers was always welcoming, supportive, caring, attentive, and understanding. Whenever we would go to his office, he would greet us with warm smile and give his wise advices. I never felt that I was away from home because Mr. Rogers was like our FATHER-FATHER of international students!! I was very fortunate to have known him. Mr. Rogers will always remain in our hearts. May His soul rest in peace.
My heartfelt condolences to His family.
Zilola Saidova
IU graduate, Uzbekistan


Sein Myint

December 9, 2019

Dean Rogers was our beloved guardian and mentor when we arrived at IU. He was like a father to us. He will always be in our memories. Rest In Peace Sayar Gyi.


Sein Myint