(Senate - November 29, 2016)

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[Congressional Record Volume 162, Number 170 (Tuesday, November 29, 2016)]
[Pages S6545-S6546]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []

                     REMEMBERING RICHARD D. ROGERS

 Mr. MORAN. Mr. President, it is my honor today to honor the 
life of a revered Kansan, U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Rogers, 
who passed away on November 26 of this year at the age of 94.
  Richard Rogers was devoted to public service in every sense. He was a 
decorated veteran, having received the Distinguished Flying Cross for 
his service flying 33 combat missions as a bombardier in World War II. 
He served the town of Manhattan, KS, as both its mayor and city 
commissioner. He served as a State legislator in both chambers of the 
Kansas Legislature, rising to the title of President of the Senate. And 
in 1975, President Gerald Ford appointed Richard Rogers to serve as a 
U.S. District Judge for the District of Kansas, a position he held for 
more than 40 years.
  Judge Rogers represented the very best of the greatest generation, 
unselfishly giving of himself and his time to improve the lives of 
those around him. A graduate of Wamego High School, Kansas State 
University, and later the University of Kansas School of Law, he took 
an active interest in his State, its people, and their many different 
walks of life.
  His understanding of Kansans carried over to the courtroom where 
colleagues say Judge Rogers served with great wisdom and fairness. 
Judge Rogers' contemporaries also remember him as a mentor and friend, 
someone often consulted for his breadth of knowledge, his geniality, 
and his humility until he stepped down from his position on the Federal 
bench on August 7, 2015.
  Richard Rogers was a pillar of the Manhattan and Topeka communities,

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and his integrity, service, and devotion to justice will be forever 
remembered by the people of Kansas.