businessman, philanthropist and educational leader, died Saturday
after a long battle with cancer.
Since the news was made public the reaction from community, state and
national leaders, as well as citizens, has been pouring into newsrooms
and television stations.
Rogers was born in Las Vegas on September 15, 1938 and was a 1956
graduate of Las Vegas High School. He had degrees in accounting (B.S.)
and law (LL.B.) from the University of Arizona and a Master of Laws
(LL.M.) from the University of Southern California. He was a teaching
fellow in the law school of the University of Illinois in 1963 and
1964. In 1998 he was awarded a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from the
University of Arizona. Rogers holds honorary doctorates from
University of Arizona, Idaho State University , Kentucky Wesleyan
College, Carroll College and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is
also a member of the State Bar Associations of Nevada, Arizona and
He was the founder of Valley Broadcasting Company in 1971 and has
served as the company’s chief executive officer since 1979 on KVBC-TV
(now KSNV-DT), the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas,
Rogers practiced law in Las Vegas; after almost a quarter of a century
of practicing law he ceased practicing to devote 100 percent of his
time to the development of the television and radio stations of
He leaves behind his wife, Beverly Barlow; three children from a
previous marriage: Suzanne Rogers Plant, Kimberly Rogers Cell, and
Perry Rogers; and eight grandchildren.