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Obituary: Dr. Charles E. Rogers

Dr. Charles E. Rogers passed away at his Port Washington residence at the age of 88 on July 8, 2009. Chuck, as he was known to his friends, led a privileged life helping members of the community as a physician, mentor, friend and leader.

Born Feb. 23, 1921 in Milwaukee, WI, he received his doctor of medicine from Marquette University. In 1954 he retired after 20 years of service from the US Navy with the rank of captain. The medical career continued with a successful practice in surgical oncology. Dr. Rogers was on the staff of several hospitals and in 1966 joined the medical staff of St. Francis Hospital. While with St. Francis he focused his efforts on improving the quality of health care and established one of the first ambulatory surgery units (day op center) in the county. He served as director of surgery at St. Francis from 1970 until his retirement in 1995.

Chuck was very active in the Port Washington community serving on a variety of boards and councils. He loved the Port Washington area and often remarked how beautiful the sunset was on Manhasset Bay. When he retired from the Navy, he immediately knew this was where he wanted to stay for the rest of his life.

He is survived by Zita, his wife of 44 years; son Charles “Peter”; daughter-in-law Debbie; and two grandchildren, Michelle Porrill and Christopher Rogers.

Arrangements were made by Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, Manhasset. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church.