Colonel John Rogers is president of the Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation, established by his mother in 1985. Under his leadership, the foundation has made many impactful gifts to Willamette, most notably the endowment of the Science Collaborative Research Program (now called the Mary Stuart Rogers Fellow Program), major support for the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center and the creation of the Mary Stuart Rogers Scholarship program.
During his 26-year career as a U.S. Air Force pilot, Col. Rogers received several honors, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal. Retired from the military since 1989, Col. Rogers now owns and is an active pilot with Sky Trek Aviation, which facilitates corporate aircraft management, charter flights and aircraft sales.
In 1998 Willamette honored Col. Rogers with an Alumni Citation for his philanthropic and community work.