James Frederick “Jim” Rogers of Arlington, Virginia, and Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, passed away January 15, 2024, at the age of 88.
Jim was born June 27, 1935 in Centerville, Iowa, and grew up in Milan, Missouri. He was the son of John Watson Rogers and Mildred Holly Morris.
After graduating from Milan High School, he earned degrees from the University of Missouri and the Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers University.
Following service in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer, Jim joined American Security and Trust Company in Washington, D.C. At the time of his retirement in 1985, he was President of American Security Corporation. During his twenty-five year career at the bank he was President of the District of Columbia Bankers Association, and a member of both the Government Relations Committee of the Association of Bank Holding Companies and Government Relations Council and Bank Leadership Conference of the American Bankers Association.
In 1985 he joined Golembe Associates, a financial services consulting firm located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. He was an organizing Director and Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Northern Virginia (now part of Truist Bank).
He has served as Trustee of the Arena Stage; the Leonard Wood Foundation (President 1983-85); and two terms as Trustee of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. (1973-1978). He also served on the board of the Friends of the National Zoo, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the advisory board of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.
Jim retired from the banking industry in 1998. He and his wife, Janet, restored an early 1800s stone farmhouse near Mercersburg where they enjoyed many family vacations and summers. They are longtime supporters of the nearby Conococheague Institute.
Jim had a keen interest in American history, particularly local and presidential history. Over the years, he and his wife traveled to many presidential sites, including their homes and libraries. They also enjoyed following the major historic trails in the footsteps of the explorers and pioneers, with the occasional side trip for birding.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Janet Marsden Rogers, and his daughter, Jenny (Mike) Burke, and son, John (Dana) Rogers. Five grandchildren, Sam, Alex, Will, Grant and Lila also mourn his passing.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother, John William Rogers.
If you would like to remember Jim with a memorial, the family suggests The Conococheague Institute, 12995 Bain Rd, Mercersburg, PA 17236 or The FamilieSCN2A Foundation, P.O. Box 4260, Gettysburg, PA 17325.