Graveside services for Doyle Nolan Rogers, MD and JD, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Parker Memorial Cemetery in Grapevine. Dr. Rogers, an honor graduate of Howard Payne University, died July 9 in Vancouver, BC, following an extended illness. He was 82.
He was born on Mother’s Day, May 9, 1937, in a farmhouse near Grapevine, TX. His family moved often, since his father worked on military construction projects. After WWII, they resided in Fort Worth, where he graduated from Amon Carter-Riverside HS in 1955.
Active in sports, he won the city high school basketball scoring title during his senior year. He set a single game scoring record for FW ISD, led guard scorers in Texas’ largest HS division, was a unanimous selection for all district and was named to the all-state team. He also was team captain and a senior class officer.
Attending Howard Payne University on a basketball scholarship, he was the leading scorer during his junior and senior years, and named to the All-Lone Star Conference team. Graduating in 1959, he later was honored as “distinguished alumnus of the year” in 1974.
Majoring in chemistry and pre-med, the honor student was junior class president. He entered Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1959, graduating with an MD degree in 1963. At Parkland Hospital, he was named chief resident during his final year. He then served as a US Navy medical officer before holding a cancer research fellowship at M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston.
He was the first physician to treat President John F. Kennedy upon his arrival at Parkland’s emergency room in 1963, later publishing an account of his experiences as an Amazon e-book, “The JFK Assassination — Inside the Story.”
He practiced hospital pathology in Pasadena, TX, earning double-American board certification in his medical specialty. He earned a second doctorate, the Doctor of Jurisprudence, at Houston’s South Texas College of Law, and was admitted to The State Bar of Texas in 1975.
In 1975, Dr. Rogers co-founded Insurance Corporation of America, a property and casualty company that insured more than 10,000 physicians for professional liability in 33 states and the District of Columbia. As sole owner after 1982, he was CEO, President and Board Chairman until ICA was sold in 1990. He was board chairman and majority stockholder in a national bank in Houston.
He retired in 1990 and moved to Vancouver, Canada, then to London, England, where he owned a home in Knightsbridge. He also resided in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, where he was a permanent legal resident.
Charitable activities included lifetime membership on the Chancellor’s Council of UT-Austin; board of directors, National Association to Prevent Blindness; advisory board, Thai-American University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, and board chairman, Houston’s Delia Stewart Contemporary Dance Company.
A dining enthusiast, cook and wine collector with a 5,000-bottle cellar of predominantly French wines, he was identified with the largest French gourmet society in the world, and numerous other gourmet societies. Dr. Rogers was the founding president of the Monte-Carlo Chapter of The International Wine & Food Society.
He was the breeder of record of the top-winning Afghan hound in America for five consecutive years, and two different dogs won multiple AKC all-breed and specialty best-in-shows across America. His Champion Khayam’s Apollo won the hound variety group at the Westminster Dog Show at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, and he owned and exhibited two all-breed, best-in-show winning Shi Tzu’s.
He made 25 round-the-world trips, including visits to 90 countries, and dined in 83 different three-star Michelin restaurants. A fitness enthusiast, he participated in long-distance running, weight training, cycling, hiking and climbing. He reached Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit in Tanzania, Africa, twice within 10 years, the second ascent with his life partner of 29 years, Lesley Smith.
A proud evangelical Christian, he was converted at age eight at First Baptist Church in Borger, TX. As a teenager and member of Riverside Baptist Church in Fort Worth, his Sunday School teacher was the late William B. David, himself an HPU alumnus and former Chairman of the HPU Board of Trustees.
He is survived by his life partner, Lesley Smith; son Stephen Clark Rogers, MBA and JD; daughter-in-law Rebecca Boyle Rogers and their children, granddaughter Emily Grace and grandsons John Doyle, Nolan Patrick and William Lesley, as well as his daughter Jennifer Rogers Hanigan and her children, granddaughters Elizabeth Ann, Kathryn Elise and Olivia Grace and son-in-law Kevin Hanigan. Preceding him in death were his parents, Orville Ray and Goldie Ellen Hobbs Rogers, and his sister, Charlotte Janice Rogers Walters.
He will be interred adjacent to his parents and sister, near the site of his farmhouse birth.