David Ricky Rogers
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David Ricky Rogers
  • August 27, 1952 - March 20, 2017
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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August 27, 1952 - March 20, 2017 OKLAHOMA CITY Rick Rogers, 64, died Monday, March 20th, 2017, after a courageous, brief battle with brain cancer. He was born August 27, 1952 to Sam and Edna Rogers. Rick was an accomplished student, musician, teacher, and writer. After graduating from Putnam City High School in 1970, he attended the University of Oklahoma where he played in the Pride Of Oklahoma Marching Band his freshman year. Rick then transferred to Oklahoma City University where he earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music. During his 13-year teaching career, he cultivated an appreciation and love of music in his students. His passion for the performing arts led to his 25-year career at The Oklahoman as a music and theater writer and critic. He also traveled nationwide to cover major productions featuring Oklahoma artists, including Tony Award winning artists Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara. He became Fine Arts editor in 2005. Rick was one of an exclusive number of arts journalists nationwide selected to participate in three prestigious fellowships sponsored by The National Endowment For The Arts. In 2010 at the Governor's Arts Awards ceremony, Governor Brad Henry presented Rick with the Bill Crawford Memorial Media In The Arts Award. After retiring from full-time journalism in 2013, Rick was a freelance writer for The Oklahoman covering the OKC Philharmonic, Lyric Theater, Canterbury Voices, and Oklahoma City's Broadway Touring Series as recently as a month ago. While Rick's love of the arts played an important role in his life, his first love was his family, including his wife of 35 years, Joann Rogers; son, Geoffrey Rogers and wife, Tricia; father, Sam Rogers; and brother, Bob Rogers. To honor Rick's memory, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: OKC Philharmonic, 424 Colcord Drive, Suite B, OKC 73102; Lyric Theater, 1727 NW 16th St., OKC 73106; or Integris Hospice, 4334 NW Expressway, OKC 73116. A celebration of Rick's life will be held Saturday, April 1st, at OCU's Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel at 11:00am.