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Alumnus of the Year 2012



Mr. Anthony Warren Rogers, Class of 1952

Anthony Warren Rogers is one of five children born to the union of Percy and Ruth Brooks Rogers. Affectionately called “Pete” and “Tony,” he was born on April 2, 1927, in Richmond, VA.  He attended Dunbar Elementary School (now called Blackwell) and graduated from Maggie L. Walker High School in 1946.  Drafted in the US Army, Tony served in Japan with the 1692nd Combat Engineering Battalion, and was stationed stateside in New Orleans, LA and Seattle, WA. Upon being honorably discharged in 1948, he returned to Richmond where he worked for a year at Wordyke Corporation, an automotive seat manufacturer, but soon realized he needed a formal education to accomplish his dreams.  With the help of the GI Bill and the desire to improve the lives of Richmond’s young people, Tony enrolled in the Industrial Arts program at West Virginia State College and pursued a degree in education.

Four years at West Virginia State College provided transforming experiences and opportunities.  Although an Army veteran with benefits, he had to work to meet his financial obligations.  His four years of resident experiences in Gore and Prillerman Halls netted him lifelong friendships and unquestioned love for “dear ole State.” 

In December 1949, with twenty-one other young men, he became one of the “Mighty Men” of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the brotherhood in which he is still active and holds life membership. After his 1952 graduation, Tony returned to Richmond, where he began his career as an educator.  In addition to teacher, over the next 37 years, his many roles included guidance counselor, assistant middle school principal, vocational school principal, and high school and evening adult program assistant principal at the Richmond Technical Center.  Tony has been a mentor, counselor, and friend to Richmond’s youth, impacting over three generations.  His passion to serve young people has been demonstrated through his fifteen years as a volunteer with the YMCA, President of the Laymen’s Fellowship League and trustee at his beloved 1st Baptist Church.  Even after his retirement from the Richmond Public Schools in 1989, Tony continued to serve as a mentor in various educational programs for the City of Richmond.  He mentored 6th grade students in one of the special emphasis programs named for internationally known tennis athlete and Richmond native, Arthur Ashe, who was also one of Rogers’ students.  Many of his former students have gone on to higher institutions of learning, attained successful careers and are major contributors to our country and the world.  He is well respected throughout the city, graciously accepting the accolades and well wishes of former students, their parents, other educators, administrators, friends, and municipal & federal officials.

A Life Member of the WVSU National Alumni Association, Inc., Anthony Rogers has maintained an active membership and keen interest in national and chapter alumni affairs.  A founding charter member of the Richmond/Central VA Alumni Chapter in 1987, Tony served as its first president.  His legacy of strong leadership abounds with a plethora of accomplishments that include outstanding fundraisers to support book, travel awards, and scholarships to Virginia students, participation in college night & high school recruitment, as well as promotion of alumni membership and Homecoming attendance.  His love for West Virginia State University spans over 50 years of dedicated service, for which the Chapter bestowed upon him the title of President Emeritus in December 2011, and resolved that the first chapter award granted to a student each year would be named “The Anthony Roger’s Award.”

Tony genuinely loves and cherishes his family and friends, including his daughter, Dr. Antoinette M. Rogers, sister Rosalind Jones, brother Clinton Rogers, the 1st Baptist Church family, and each and every one of his many devoted friends with whom God has blessed him.


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