28 May 2001 — Lawton, OK
Guy Arnold Rogers was born on 10 April 1924 to parents Guy Elmer Rogers and Helene Arn Rogers in Okmulgee, Oklahoma but grew up in Oklahoma City. During his early school years, Guy attended the Oklahoma Military Academy (once known as the "West Point of the Southwest") in Claremore, but he graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City. With the start of WW II, Guy enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Corps. He won an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. On 1 July 1943, Guy joined the Class of 1946 on the banks of the Hudson River.
At graduation, Guy pinned on the bars of a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery Corps. Following basic artillery training at Fort Sill near Lawton, OK; Guy married Martha Jayne Dawley on 4 May 1947 in Oklahoma City.
His first duty station was in Japan. His illustrious active duty career included a variety of staff and command positions. He commanded the 1st Rocket Howitzer Bn at Fort Riley, KS, the 559th Artillery Group in Vicenza, Italy and served as Deputy Commander 4th Infantry Division Artillery in Pleiku, Vietnam. For his wartime service in Vietnam, Guy received the Silver Star Medal and two Bronze Star Medals.
While on active duty, Guy gained a Masters in Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Louisville. Upon his return from Vietnam, Guy spent the remainder of his active duty in a variety of assignments at the Field Artillery School and on the Post Staff at Fort Sill. He retired from active duty 31 January 1975 as a Colonel.
After retirement, Guy worked for the OK Department of Mental Health, as the administrator for Lawton's Taliaferro Center (1975-1985) and as Executive Director, Bill Willis Center (1986-87) in Tahlequah, Ok. He was President, National Association of Mental Health Administrators in 1984 and was recognized nationally as the Administrator of the Year in 1986. He was the first to receive full recognition nationally as a Certified Mental Health Administrator in 1982.
Guy A. Rogers, after a lengthy battle with cancer, died 28 May 2001, the day the Class of 1946 was starting its 50th Reunion. Survivors include his wife Jayne, son, COL Guy A Rogers II; daughters, Barbara and Ann, and seven grandchildren.