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Walter R. Rodgers III ’41

Walter R. Rodgers III ’41 died August 25, 2010.
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WALTER R. RODGERS III ’41

 

Walter Rodgers died on Aug. 25, 2010, with his wife, Lynne, by his side. Walter was born in Philadelphia, PA., on March 5, 1919.

            Walt graduated from Amherst in 1941 and served in the U.S.A.F. in England, 1941-1945. While at Amherst he was a member of Chi Phi fraternity and men’s swimming. He married his wife, Lynne Repkie, on Dec. 21, 1946, while attending University of Pennsylvania Law School. Walt practiced law in Philadelphia until he was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base, later retiring as lieutenant colonel U.S.A.F. Reserve.

            Walt and Lynne traveled to all areas of the U.S. and Europe. He had been in all 50 states. Walt enjoyed reading history, collecting U.S. coins and was an avid crossword puzzler. He adored dogs of all kinds, who always enthusiastically returned his affection.

            Walt was revered by his family, friends and professional colleagues for his integrity, loyalty, intelligence, objectivity, humor, common sense and his deep sense of fair play.

            Walt is survived by his wife, Lynne; sons William and Stephen; and grandsons Luke and George. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Dr. Carolyn A. “Puddie” Rodgers in 1982.

            The class extends their heartfelt sympathy to his wife, Lynne, and family.

—Hank Prickitt ’41

 

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