Robert J. 'Bob' Rogers

Denton Record-ChronicleRobert J. 'Bob' Rogers, pianist and Professor Emeritus of music, died May 14. He never missed a note when it came to being a volunteer, philanthropist, educator, mentor and fixture in the Denton community. Rogers first arrived at North Texas in 1939 on a double bass scholarship and studied piano, but he was drafted into the U.S. Army three years later.

After graduating from the Juilliard School of Music and Columbia Teachers College, he returned to campus in 1948 to teach piano pedagogy and remained until 1984, serving as assistant dean in the College of Music from 1969 to 1975. He served as chair of a committee charged with remodeling the Music Building and as a charter member, province governor and chapter advisor for the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In 1990, the fraternity named the Robert J. Rogers Lifetime Service Award in his honor.

Roger's legacy of service and volunteerism at UNT continued long after he left his teaching post. He was the pianist at countless fundraisers and campus events, and he and his wife, Daisy, were known for tirelessly volunteering at the UNT Music Library and supporting students through scholarships. In 2012, he was honored with UNT’s Outstanding Alumni Service Award, he shared that UNT also brought out the best in him. Memorials may be made to the Robert J. Rogers Piano Scholarship in the College of Music. Donate at

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