Roger B. Bloomfield

April 28, 1944July 19, 2013

Roger Bloomfield died peacefully of Multiple Systems Atrophy at his home in Contoocook, NH, on Friday, July 19, 2013.

Roger Bennett Bloomfield was born April 28, 1944 in Milford, MA to Rachel and Roger G. Bloomfield. He grew up in Wellesley, MA with his brothers Eric and Peter and best friend John Mitchell. At Wellesley High School, Roger was a state wrestling champion and worked summers in the White Mountains as an Appalachian Mountain Club hutmaster. In 1966, Roger graduated from Norwich University with a Biology degree and a commissioned in the U.S. Army the same year. He attended the Tufts University School of Medicine from 1966 to 1968.

In 1968, Roger went active duty Army as an Infantry officer, graduating Ranger, Airborne, Jungle Operations, and Jumpmaster schools. He became a Special Forces officer (“Green Beret”), serving in the 5th and 10th Special Forces groups. He did a tour of duty in Vietnam in the 173d Airborne Brigade, serving as a decorated rifle company platoon leader and earning the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for actions against the enemy. He was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1971.

Roger worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer for the Waterville Sentinel in Waterville, ME. In 1973, he married the love of his life, Joy Child of Sudbury, MA. He attended Northeastern University, earning a Mechanical Engineering degree in 1976. Roger started an engineering company with his brother Peter in Concord, NH. Bloomfield Associates designed some of New England’s most prominent wood-burning power plants. He also served as a police officer in Grantham, NH.

Roger was a gifted and recognized rifleman, woodsman, photographer, horseman, author, historian, adventurer, father, husband, and leader. He was a true Renaissance man, adept at most any task a human may be called upon to perform, whether in times of peace or times of strife. Some people know a little about a lot, or a lot about a little; Roger knew a lot about a lot. He was a dynamic man of deep thought, quick wit, and decisive action whose watchword was honor. Roger cut an imposing and impressive figure and was the closest thing to Plato’s Philosopher-King any of us are ever likely to meet.

Roger is survived by his wife Joy, children Tom, Samuel, Jessica, Tracy, Christine Sweet, Dr. Lindsey Madden, and Michael Gornnert, mother Rachel, and brothers Eric and Peter. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church at 1548 Hopkinton Rd, Hopkinton, NH, on Friday, 26 July 2013 at 1300 hrs. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program by calling 603-224-4093. The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Friday, July 26, 2013

Roger B. Bloomfield

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David Casey, NU'80

September 4, 2013

I never knew Roger, but as a Norwich alumni myself, we are always saddened by the loss of another brother. My family and I are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Sandy Barton

August 8, 2013

So sorry to hear of Roger's passing. Thought and prayers with all of you.

Bill Bell

August 4, 2013

As a classmate and fellow biology major at Norwich, I will always remember Roger for his keen intellect, many and varied skills, high energy, and boundless enthusiasm. He was a natural leader and, in so many ways, the very spirit of the Class of '66. With sincere condolences to his family at this difficult time...

Valerie Clark

July 31, 2013

Joy and family,
I am thinking of you at this time and I am sorry for your loss

July 31, 2013

Roger was a true friend as we had great time at Norwich and he will truly be missed.
Terry and Jacquie Van Meter (Leawood, KS)

Pat Murphy

July 29, 2013

I didn't know Roger real well but I did know that he was a well liked guy. I'm saddened by his passing but reading his obituary he was an exemplary individual who led an outstanding life. My condolences to his family.

Sauci and Jeff Saffitz

July 29, 2013

Joy and Family,
We are saddened at the passing of Roger. May his memories bring you comfort and peace. May his memories be a blessing.
Jeff and Sauci

July 29, 2013

Joy and family, I just read that Roger passed this last week. I am full of thoughts and sadness for you all. I know all family and friends will keep his spirit alive through precious memories. Susie (Smith) Hassman.

Michael Prior

July 28, 2013

To me, he was Bunsen. And a friend and high school class mate.

Tom Howes

July 27, 2013

Roger was my classmate at Norwich and an individual we all looked up to even though we were peers. He had that inner strength of character and fearless mind set and we admired both then and now.