Sandra K. Rogers

September 1, 1948June 10, 2015

A typical "native" Tucsonian, Sandra Rogers was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 1, 1948. Her parents were Violet and Harland Rogers. Shortly after her birth, they returned to Tucson where her parents built and operated the Hi-Way Motel in Tucson. After graduation from Sunnyside High School, Sandra enrolled at the University of Arizona to become a business teacher. She graduated in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in business education and received a master's degree in 1971. She then worked as a substitute teacher for District I and Pima Community College. In 1972, she began working at the UofA College of Pharmacy as a secretary to the dean. Through the years as the college grew, her responsibilities grew and she became the administrative associate to the dean, working with four deans. In 1991, she became the coordinator of student services for approximately 220 pharmacy students. In this capacity, she coordinates all student advising, maintains student records, notifys scholarship recipients and organizes the graduation convocation. Perhaps one of her most challenging duties is organizing the semiannual trip to Eli Lilly and Company in which she travels with the pharmacy students while they tour. Through her 25 years at the College of Pharmacy, she has survived many transitions, including moving the College into a new building, redesigning office suites, and working with four deans with very different personalities. In 1973, Sandra attended a management conference which was coordinated by Ruth Shuping and cosponsored by UofA BPW and the State of Arizona. Intrigued by what she had learned and somewhat afraid to say "no" to the Provost's secretary, Sandra joined Tucson BPW and soon became one of its most active members in 1973. Committee chairmanships soon led to officer positions. Her love of meetings and conventions is demonstrated by the fact that she has attended 16 national conventions, serving as a delegate to 10. Sandra became the chairman of the Women's Management Conference for the next five years. She served as president of Tucson BPW from 1981-83, and became active at the state level, starting as a District director and ending as state president in 1990-91. Sandra has also served as the chair of the Memorial Loan Fund, nominating committee, foundation, issues management and state convention (two times). At the national level, Sandra served on the election's committee and time keeper's committee. Sandra served as a trustee on the Arizona BPW Foundation from its inception in 1989 until May 1997. She was secretary and financial aid chair. Other organizations in which Sandra is active are the Arizona Genealogical Society and the Mission Ostomy Chapter of Tucson. Her dedication to BPW, however does not interfere with her "real" love - University plays and Wildcat football games. In fact, a UofA football game is the only thing that would take precedence over a BPW meeting. An unassuming woman with an immense capacity for hard work, Sandra Rogers has played a vital role at the local, state, and national level of BPW.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 23, 2015
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 23, 2015
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sandra K. Rogers

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Debbi Golden-Davis

August 28, 2015

I worked with Sandy, assisting Pharmacy students at the UA for around 15 years. I am so glad I got to spend some time with her in May. She was one of the most caring people at the University.

Marilyn Hyder McCollom

August 1, 2015

I am a Sunnyside HS graduate also from 1973, but my older sister Margaret graduated with Sandy in 1966. ( she will be missed at their upcoming reunion). My younger sister Tanis and I worked with/for Sandy at the College of Pharmacy in 1974-76 mostly doing poison control paperwork and typing personal form letters to applicants. Sandy and Kay had a wedding shower for me. This picture of her is very nice. She looks the same. Condolences to family and friends.

July 31, 2015

Sandy was a classmate at SSHS in Tucson. She will be remembered for her sweet smile and willing spirit!


June 26, 2015

I knew Sandy through paperwork sent to me at the Foundation, then later met her through a mutual friend Judith. Everyone mentions the serious side of Sandy, but I was fortunate enough to get to know the fun side as well. A group of us used to go out on New Year's Eve and have dinner, maybe a show or back to the house for drinks, and conversation. What a wonderful sense of humor this woman had. I am richer for having know her.

June 25, 2015

Sandy was a wonderful, personable person. I met her when I was an associate dean in the UA College of Nursing. She will be missed.
Eleanor Bauwens (Tucson)

Mary Picchioni

June 24, 2015

Thank you, Sandy, for all you did for Dad and for the Picchioni family. You will be truly missed.

Barb Collins

June 23, 2015

I have been dubbed the "new Sandy", but there will never be a replacement for Sandy, only someone to take over her duties. Sandy kindly and patiently guided me as I took on those duties and she reminded me that she kept the "fun ones", special events and scholarships. She was a great advocate for students and wanted to continue to bring them happiness and help them celebrate their accomplishments. Our memories will allow us all to continue the celebration of how she has touched us all. I am now flying on my own Sandy; I know you will continue to guide me. Rest peacefully. Barb

Tessa Chalberg

June 23, 2015

Sandy was a great resource to the U of A BPW and also at the BPW State level. I enjoyed sharing rooms with her at BPW board meetings and conferences. We also attended some U o A of the plays together. She was also a very dedicated employee for the College of Pharmacy. We will miss you. Tessa Chalberg (Tucson, AZ)

Jana and Foster Knutson

June 23, 2015

Sandy was a wonderful person and helped both of us in many ways while we were in school. She helped my husband set up interviews for a job in Tucson and helped me get scholarships. She was a fabulous mentor for KE. She was always helpful and always smiling! She will be missed. Our condolences and prayers to her family.

Karen Hill-Veasey

June 23, 2015

Sandy was always a great resource to me in BPW (Business & Professional Women) and at the U of A. She was always willing to share her expertise and experiences. Rest in will be missed by many.