James Fredric Rogers, Esq.
December 24, 1928 - July 13, 2010
James Fredric Rogers, Esq., 81, of Los Angeles, passed away on Tuesday July 13, 2010, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born in Hope, AR, to Cornelia (Lillie) Williams and Frederick Douglass Rogers. He graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in Webster Groves, a suburb of St. Louis, MO, where he was valedictorian. He left St. Louis at age 18 to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a B.S. in accounting in 1952. He obtained his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1957. Prior to law school, he served for two years as an Army Corporal stationed at Fort Ord in Monterey. He married June Maxine Mathis in 1953, and they moved to Los Angeles in 1958.
Jim was a very successful young lawyer before civil rights legislation paved the way for others. He worked as a state inheritance tax appraiser before entering private practice, specializing in probate law and estate planning. He was a compassionate expert who advised people at the height of their grief. He was an active member of the California Association of Black Lawyers, the National Bar Association, and the John M. Langston Bar Association.
In 1968, Jim made South Pasadena his home. Always believing in public service, he volunteered in the community and served on the commission to halt expansion of the 710 freeway. He was a devoted member of the Church of Christian Fellowship in Los Angeles, where he provided legal advice to the congregation. He was honored as Man of the Year at his church. Throughout his life, Jim continued to guide and mentor young people.
Jim enjoyed playing tennis and chess, and he was a lover of classical music. As a child, he sang with The Legend Singers on the radio station KMOX in St. Louis. He also loved traveling and exploring Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa. He and his grandson, Aidan, had fun riding trains together and sharing African American history.
Jim is survived by his wife, Dr. Wanda McTyeire; his children Paul, Mark and Carol; stepdaughter Janel and grandson Aidan.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 10:00 am at the Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship, 2085 S. Hobart Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90018.
Donations may be made to the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena or the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.