Albert M. Rogers, M.D. passed away in San Antonio at his home on November 21, 2009.
Dr. Rogers was born to Maria Marina Soto and Albert Lewis Lanning M.D. in Pacayas Alvarado in the province of Cartago, Costa Rica on March 23, 1915.
In 1918 the family immigrated to Florida and then to Castroville finally settling in San Antonio. His adoptive father was Edgar Rogers, an accomplished professor of music at Incarnate Word College. He taught his children, Albert, Will, Zenith, Julia and Edgar to play musical instruments. They formed a band that appeared at numerous events in San Antonio during the early 1930's.
Dr. Rogers graduated from Central Catholic High School and St. Mary's University, obtaining a B.S. in chemistry. He received his medical degree from Baylor Medical School in Dallas in 1940 and completed an internship at Robert Green Hospital in San Antonio.
He married Helen Audyne Ware in 1940. He joined the Army Medical Corps in 1942 and served with General Patton in North Africa and Italy during WWII before being sent to Marseille, France. There he organized the 6703 blood transfusion unit Delta Base Section, Communications Zone, European Theater that supervised the collection and distribution of whole blood to the Seventh Army. He encouraged blood donations from our troops, citizens and prisoners of war. As a result he received the Bronze Star in 1945.
The Consul General of France in 2002 recognized him for his service during World War II. He left the army reserves in 1951 with an honorable discharge as a Major.
After the war he opened his private medical practice in San Antonio at the Nix Hospital continuing at the Methodist Metropolitan Hospital as a family practitioner, where he served as Chief of Staff.
Including his military service he practiced for 67 years, a notable achievement. He was a devoted physician, treating patients from all backgrounds. He was a dedicated family physician who in his early years performed surgery, obstetrics and even administered anesthesia for patients of his colleagues.
After his retirement he continued to spend many hours at his office engaged in numerous business interests.
He was a devout Catholic. Dr. Rogers, affectionately known as the "Big A", loved having people around him, especially his family. His children fondly remember taking trips with him because he loved being with his family. His kindness and generosity were well known by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.
Dr. Rogers was a devoted family man with a loving wife of 69 years, 6 children, 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Helen; children, Albert Rogers, Jr., Ph.D. and wife Susan, Christina O'Neill Chitwood and husband William, Dulci Rao and husband Frank, Mary McDonnell and husband Henry, Randall Rogers M.D. and wife Gay and Anne Routon and husband Allen. He is loved by his 12 grandchildren, Laura Rogers M.D., Marina Rogers Heartfield, Jennifer O'Neill, Maureen O'Neill Clark and Thomas O'Neill M.D., Andrew Haskins, Catherine McDonnell, Helena McDonnell, Stacy Rogers Sharp, Becky Rogers Bronson, Matthew Rogers and Christiana
In lieu of flowers, the family will appreciate your contributions to St. Peter - St. Joseph Children's Home 919 Mission Road, San Antonio Texas 78210 or the charity of your choice.
Born: March 23, 1915
Place of Birth: Pacayas, Costa Rica
Death: November 21, 2009
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