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Jean Rogers memorial service set for Sunday

Posted: June 5, 2013 - 11:01pm

A celebration of the life of Juneau resident Jean Rogers will be held this Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

The event will center on the arts, the realm for which Rogers was known in Juneau. It will include stories, music, food, and other activities.

Children’s author Rogers died Feb. 20 in Juneau at age 93. Her best known books are “Goodbye My Island” and “King Island Christmas,” both illustrated by Rie Muñoz. “King Island Christmas” was adapted into an oratorio by Deborah Brevoort with music by David Friedman, premiering at Perseverance Theater in 1997. A local production of the show will travel to Scotland in August for performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world.

Other books by Rogers are “Runaway Mittens” also illustrated by Muñoz; “The Secret Moose,” illustrated by Jim Fowler; “Dinosaurs are 568” and “Raymond’s Best Summer,” both illustrated by Marilyn Hafner; and “Left Field Bear,” illustrated by Julianna Humphreys.

In 2002 Rogers was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the University of Alaska Southeast in recognition of her contributions to children’s literature. She also received an Honored Author citation from the Alaska State Reading Association.

Rogers was also a strong supporter of the arts in Juneau through her volunteer work in the schools and libraries, and through her patronage of Juneau’s performing arts groups.

Rogers and her husband, the late Alaska economist George Rogers, arrived in Juneau in 1945. They raised six children, three of whom still live in Juneau.

For more information on the celebration, contact Judy Crondhal at 586-1464.

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