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James Rogers ’51

July 7, 2020, in Portland.

Born in Guernsey, Wyoming, James graduated from high school with an honors scholarship to the University of Wyoming. He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Japan after the bombing of Hiroshima. Returning stateside, he attended Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, and then transferred to Reed where he wrote his thesis, “The Centro-Surface of an Hyperboloid of Two Sheets,” with Prof. F.L. Griffin [math 1911–56]. He earned a master’s in mathematics at Oregon State University.

After teaching mathematics at Rainier and Cleveland high schools in Portland, Jim was hired as one of the first two math instructors at the new Portland Community College. During his teaching career, he coauthored more than 20 math textbooks. He is survived by his wife, Elinore; his sister, Norma; and four daughters.


Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2021

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