Woods White Rogers III. M.D.

January 20, 1943July 1, 2018

Left this life on Sunday, July 1st, 2018 in Tampa, FL. Woody was born in Orlando, FL, on January 20th, 1943. Miraculously, he graduated from USMA at West Point in 1964 and received his medical degree from UF Medical School in 1968. Woody was a physician in the USAF at Cam Rahn Bay Hospital in Vietnam and was a flight surgeon in Germany and at MAFB. Following his retirement in Tampa as a Lt. Col., Woody practiced emergency medicine at Memorial Hospital. Countless persons are alive today as a result of his diagnostic and healing talent. Woody was a true southern gentleman whose motto extended beyond duty, honor, and country to include family and friends. He was always gracious and thoughtfully kind. He loved impersonating Oscar Wilde and his sense of humor was greatly appreciated by all who knew him. He is survived by the love of his life for 51 years, Hugh M. Martin Jr, M.D.; sisters: Mary Lou Rogers, Robin (Bob) Andersohn, and Cherry Rogers; nephew, Robert Andersohn; and his beloved dog, Cooper. A Celebration of Life (informal) will be held on Sunday, July 8th from 2-4pm at Woody and Hugh’s residence. The inurnment will take place at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL with military honors the last week of July. Arrangements handled by Blount & Curry MacDill Chapel, 813-876-2421.


  • He is survived by the love of his life for 51 years, Hugh M. Martin Jr, M.D.; sisters: Mary Lou Rogers, Robin (Bob) Andersohn, and Cherry Rogers; nephew, Robert Andersohn; and his beloved dog, Cooper.



  • Celebration of Life Sunday, July 8, 2018


  • Interment

Woods White Rogers III. M.D.

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Victoria Karr

August 18, 2018

I miss you so much Woody... I was so blessed that you gave me gifts of your time. I enjoyed the dinners with great conversation, puppy hours (even being called helicopter mom)! You were such a wonderful caring gentleman. I loved listening and learning from all of your knowledge about everything. I thank you for being the one to help me understand what happened to my Madison when I lost her. That has given me some peace. I miss you on messenger with all the things you would send to make me smile! I wish you didn't have to leave us Woody because we had many many more laughs to share. This world is not the same with out your laugh in it!!! Love you always Woody

Melanie Rogers Wilkinson

August 10, 2018

I never had the chance to meet Woody in person but I enjoyed his Facebook posts and his humor. I could tell he was a gentleman by the way he spoke. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to the family.

Richard Luthin, M.D.

July 30, 2018

Although my graduation from Annapolis was 11 years prior to Woody's graduation from West Point, we both became Gator doctors together from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1968. Woody was such an inspiration to me throughout medical school, with his hard work and ever-present humor. To me, he was the outstanding member of our class! Nell and I will miss his presence here on earth a lot!

Jan Nevins

July 7, 2018

Fate brought me to Dr. Rogers many years ago with a potbellied pig bite. I was immediately drawn to him with his kindness. wit, and quiet intensity. not only was he my General Practitioner for many years to come but also my mother, brother and many referred friends. To say he was special is an understatement.This world has lost a one of a kind. My heartfelt sympathies, Jan Nevins

Jane Mercer

July 6, 2018

Of all the good times we had together, my favorite memory of Woody takes us back about ten years to an impromptu roof top party at our house across the street from Hugh and Woody’s on Sunset Beach. There was a lot of limoncello involved and those who were there will know why this memory is so special. Hugh, we’re so sorry to lose Woody. I loved his wonderful humor, his love of life and fun, his outrage at our current political dilemmas, and his razor sharp wit. I will miss him, he will be missed by many. In his absence, Jeff and I are here for you if there is anything we can do.

Ron Clark

July 6, 2018

I did not know Woody that long, but every conversation was a challenge for me! 😀

I am glad we had the opportunity last Friday night to speak. You were a true southern gentleman.

Hugh, you are in my thoughts and prayers


Cherry Rogers

July 6, 2018

I treasure fond memories of Holiday sing-a-longs in our family home in Forest City, Florida in the 60's and
70's. Woody hammering out Broadway show tunes back-to-back on his beloved piano - Camelot then Carousel then Man of La Mancha then Sound of Music. Playing with the dexterity of Rachmaninoff, the passion of Chopin, and the genius of Mozart. Some singing on-key, others off-key, but all smiling, laughing, and loving every precious note...and each other. 🎹

Pat Lewis

July 5, 2018

Thanks for being a great support when I started in the ER in ‘86.
Loved your music and funny jokes.
You loved my brownies so I am bringing a batch to share.

Hugh I think of the two of you often. I am so sorry for your loss.

Aurelio Rivas

July 4, 2018

The world will definitely be a dimmer place without this great storyteller. Sending our heartfelt sympathy to Hugh and the Rogers family. Celebrating the love and laughter of a life well-lived, may your memories comfort you. in the days ahead. Aurelio and John

Serena B Finn

July 4, 2018

Thank you, Woody, for your big personality and your passion for life! My fondest memory of you will always be you holding Andrew when he was a baby and rubbing his head. It was so natural the way you held and looked at him. I was never a patient of yours, but watching you with something so delicate and vulnerable, it was clear you did fulfill your calling as a Doctor. David, Andrew and I will miss you dearly and are fortunate to have known you and have fun with you!