It is with deep sadness that CST shares news of the passing of Elsie Daniels Rogers. Born October 24, 1929, Mrs. Rogers passed away at home on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Mrs. Rogers genuinely believed in the mission of Claremont School of Theology, and her commitment to the School was evident in numerous ways for more than 30 years. She first connected with CST in the 1970s, when her husband, the late Rev. Dr. Cornish R. Rogers, was serving as pastor of Claremont United Methodist Church. She became more involved when Dr. Rogers served as a professor and dean at CST from 1980-1998.
Mrs. Rogers, also an educator, obtained her Master’s degree in Education Administration from Cal State Los Angeles and served in the Los Angeles Unified School district in several schools including Condit Elementary School in Claremont where she served as principal. At CST, she established a role for herself that enriched community life and was committed to promoting expansive learning and career discernment. It was not unusual for students to seek her counsel. According to students, conversations with her could include a discussion of educational opportunities or a review of career options, but they always came with a reminder to confer with academic and spiritual advisors. She was often the listening ear and the softly probing voice needed at critical times in students’ academic careers.
Mrs. Rogers’ hospitality to students extended beyond these kinds of conversations. Every Spring, for more than twenty-five years, she and Dr. Rogers hosted a dinner in their home for the Pan African Seminarian Association (PASA) graduates and their families. In addition to her hospitality, generosity, and selfless acts to the CST community, Mrs. Rogers will also be remembered for her support of the teaching ministry of Dr. Rogers and for their collaboration as educators. Together, she and Dr. Rogers co-authored a 26-week ethnic church school curriculum for 4th-6th graders titled Children: We are All Free and Jesus, the Liberator. The two of them also established “Aspires West,” a tutoring and mentoring program at Scott United Methodist Church in Pasadena. They were truly a team.
The CST community also gives thanks to the Rogers family for the Martin Luther King Jr. Lectureship which was endowed by their son, the late Dr. David Bruce Rogers, in honor of his parents. Elsie Daniels Rogers was a remarkable woman, and she will be missed.
A memorial service was held Friday, May 11, 2018.
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