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Richard M. Rogers, 73
PORTLAND - Richard M. Rogers, 73. We are deeply grieved to share with you the sudden death of Richard M. Rogers in the early hours of Thursday, October 22. His wife Joan and sons Alec N.M. Rogers and Gregory T. Rogers would ask that those of you who experienced some greater enjoyment of life because of time shared with him, would celebrate this by spending a few moments engaging with something that brings you or someone you love, added peace and pleasure. You would be welcome to share with each other something of these moments at an open house at the family's home "Treetops" on October 27 from 4 to 7.
Dick was a man of diverse gifts and interests. His voice was recognized early as a treasure and after practicing with a sub-chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, he entertained the thought of making music a career. Instead his love of choral singing continued to be expressed as an avocation while he pursued a career in the financial world. Most recently he enjoyed singing as part of Portland's Choral Art Society. In the early years of his professional life he was one of the first Chartered Financial Analysts, and the Wall Street Journal published an article about him and his contributions to financial research. Recently this field continued to engage him through investment conversations with his broker at Merrill Lynch. He contributed to the management of General Electric's pension fund researching petrochemical companies. Later he moved to his in-laws' import/export firm, the Otto Gerdau Company, a collection of trading entities that was also a partner in the company Pearls Pty Ltd, the then largest grower of cultured pearls. He managed the firm's cocoa department, working with sources as diverse as Malaysia and Peru, and helping farmers experiment with successful new growing and marketing techniques. He eventually became the CEO of the company until it was sold by the three religious entities to which it had been gifted at his father in law's death.
His enjoyment of working with food led to the launching of his own company, Rogers International, located here in Portland, now better known by its name "The Rogers Collection." Taylor Griffin, his nephew, bought the company and brought it to its next stage of development. After Taylor's untimely death, the company has continued its growth and recognition as a major contributor to the international food world, due to its collection of outstanding suppliers and the dedicated labors of its current management and employees.
Dick was drawn to beauty in many forms. His interests included everything from woodworking and cars to birds and gardens, photography, games such as chess, and the performances of Mad Horse Theatre Company. He served on the Boards of the PSO and Cumberland Club, the Camphill Foundation, various vestries, and was the Grande Argentier (treasurer) of the Commanderie de Bordeaux, a wine society. He loved sailing his beautiful "Glissando" and fishing both alone and with friends.
He drew great comfort in his retirement years from observing his sons' passionate engagements with making the world a better and happier place. His presence in our lives will be sorely missed. He will be buried in a green cemetery, returning his remains to the earth and to nature, which nourished him in many ways. Visitors will be welcome to share stories and memories of his presence in their lives at the open house Tuesday, October 27, from 4 to 7, at 94 Neal Street, Portland. www.rmrogers.com

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2015
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