Jerry Rogers

After graduation, I continued to work at EMR for one year, before joining the US Navy for 4 years. During the year between high school and the Navy, I took part, one last time, in the Sailor Circus. While in the Navy I was stationed at Pearl Harbor, a really tough assignment! My ship, a Destroyer Escort, ran the DEW line every two months. We traveled from the Aleutian Islands of Alaska south to near the Antarctic on different trips out.

Upon my return to Sarasota I was set up on a blind date by Dick Angers, class of ’59, with Faye Sharp formerly of Bradenton, a member of the Manatee High School class of 1960. She had come to Sarasota to teach school (Tuttle). We were married the next year, 1966. I had finished a year of college at MJC when we were married, and after completing my A.S. degree the following year, transferred to the University of West Florida in Pensacola, where I graduated in 1969. I worked at Honeywell in St. Pete as an Industrial Engineer for 1 ½ years until a layoff caught me. I went to work at Morgan Yacht, also as an I.E. in early 1971 and stayed there until 1986 when I semi-retired and we moved from Clearwater to Dunnellon near the Rainbow River. We built a home in a 6 acre tract of woods, and have lived there ever since. However, we have managed to never spend a summer in Florida since that move. We enjoy a place on Lake Chatuge near Hiawassee, GA, where we park our motorhome and have our boat (in the lake).

We have traveled the North American continent extensively in our succession of RVs, and have begun to travel overseas now. We had a wonderful trip to China in 2005 and a very interesting mini-motorhome trip across South Africa in 2009. This Sept. we are taking a river cruise through Europe. There are a lot more international places on our “to-do” list.

We had no children, but are close to our niece and nephew and their families. Our first great-grand niece was born Friday, July 16! My sister lives in central FL and we visit often.