ROBERT BRUCE ROGERS SR.
Born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., his family moved to Westport, where Rogers attended Staples High School, played football and was a model student. He received a scholarship to Amherst College for a year, but enlisted in the U.S. Navy when World War II broke out. Rogers served as an officer in the Naval Reserve. He was a PBY sea plane flight instructor in Pensacola, Fla.
After the war, he and his wife of 57 years, Maggi Rogers, and their new daughter settled in Westport, where he worked for Hooper Inc., a marketing research company in New York.
In 1950, Rogers and his partner, Ed Hines, started Trendex Inc., a marketing research company. Trendex was originally based in New York, but grew and expanded to include a production office in Westport, in the former Nash's Warehouse.
Upon retirement in 1979, Rogers continued his college career at Charter Oak College, where he majored in Spanish. Part of his course work included several trips to Spain and Mexico to study the language. He and Maggi were great travelers and loved the Caribbean. Among his many interests were jewelry making (he became an expert in silver and turquoise), classical music, boating, fly fishing, calligraphy, photography and electronic gadget collecting.
Rogers was preceded in death by his wife, Maggi, who died in 2002.
He is survived by six children, Marcy Ramsey (John) of Chestertown, Md., Bob Rogers (Bethryn) of Norwalk, Janet Stefan (Bill) of Westport, Lucy Montgomery (Jock) of Mahopac, N.Y., Martin Rogers (Celeste) of Bridgeport, and Jackie Rogers of Chatham, N.Y.; and 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
There will be a memorial Mass in his honor on June 12 at 11 a.m. at Assumption Church in Westport.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mary's Shelter, P.O. Box 958, Stuart, FL 34995; or to Samaritan House for Boys, 1490 S.E. Cove Road, Stuart, FL 34997.