Marie Fletcher Carter
Marie Fletcher Carter, honorary alumna and namesake of Cornell’s Pedestrian Mall, died Thursday, March 5, 2009, in Davenport, Iowa, at the age of 100.
Carter and her husband, the late Cornell trustee Archie Carter ’33, were longtime supporters of Cornell and were actively involved with the college. The Carters’ generosity toward Cornell led to renovations and improvements to the Bowman-Carter residence hall and the building of the Marie Fletcher Carter Pedestrian Mall running through the heart of campus, among others.
“Cornell lost a dear friend when Marie passed away,” said Cornell President Les Garner. “Her love of Cornell that she shared with her late husband Archie helped make this college what it is today. She will be dearly missed.”
Carter is survived by nephews Tom Fletcher, Gene Fletcher, Greg Fletcher and Rich Fletcher;her nieces, Janet Munro and Roberta Garman; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Harry Kalas, the 73-year-old Philadephia Phillies announcer and former Cornellian, died April 13, 2009, in Philadelphia.
Kalas was the Phillies announcer since 1971, and was a beloved Philadelphia icon. He attended Cornell College in the mid-1950s before graduating from the University of Iowa, and he credits Cornell professor Walter Stromer with putting him on the path to radio.
“In his class, I recall him encouraging me to pursue a career in broadcasting when he commented, ‘with your voice, you could get a job in radio,’” Kalas told Cornell upon Stromer’s death. Kalas often repeated this story when asked about how he started in broadcasting.
Kalas is survived by his wife and three sons.
Thomas Edwin (“Ed”) Rogers ’39
Thomas Edwin (“Ed”) Rogers ’39, biology professor emeritus, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, in Iowa City. He was 91.
Known as “Doc” to his students, Rogers was a Mount Vernon native and a 1939 Cornell College graduate. He studied zoology at the University of Oklahoma and at Princeton prior to World War II.
During the war, Rogers was drafted in the Army Medical Corps where he served at the Amarillo Air Base, Winter General Hospital, and the Fitzsimmons General Hospital until his discharge. In 1955, Ed and his family returned to Mount Vernon where he became professor and chairman of the biology department at Cornell, where he taught until 1982.
Rogers is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sisters, Martha McNabb and Dorothy Narro; daughter, Jane Rogers Gray; son, Richard Glenn Rogers (Patti); step-children, J. Scott Ware (“Wan”), Douglas R. Ware, R. Dwight Ware (Judy), David H. Ware (Lucia), and Jessie Ware (“Stacie”); and by 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
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