Jean F. Rogers, 90, of Northampton, an alumna and former adjunct faculty member in the School of Nursing, died at home May 8 after a long illness.
Born in Milton, she graduated from the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in 1947, having served as a member of the United States Public Health Service during World War II. That same year, she married the late Donald B. Rogers, M.D., and in 1952 they made Northampton their lifelong home.
Twenty years later, after raising her family, she returned to school, earning a degree with high honors in biology from Smith College in 1975 and a master’s degree in nursing and nursing education at the university three years later.
For the next 16 years, she worked as a nurse practitioner and later as an adjunct clinical professor in the graduate program of the School of Nursing.
In 1996, she retired from most of her clinical and teaching responsibilities and sought new ways to be of service to others. Sponsored by the School Sisters of St. Francis, she worked for a year as the sole medical provider in Yalpemech, an impoverished village of 2,000 in the north central highlands of Guatemala, just then recovering from the ravishes of a 30-year civil war.
Returning home, she continued to seek opportunities to be of service to those in need, including volunteer work at Healthcare for the Homeless and other local projects such as the College Church Health Project and the Interfaith Emergency Homeless COT Shelter in Northampton, where she worked well into her 80s. Between 1999 and 2001, she traveled several times to Honduras with a volunteer group of nurses to bring aid to village populations devastated by Hurricane Mitch.
Her husband died in 1993.
She leaves daughters Susan of New York and Northampton, and Laura of Dorchester, sons Richard of Glendale, Wisc., Peter of Williamstown, and John of Lenox, five grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at the Edwards Congregational Church, 297 Main St., Northampton.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Fund, 30 Locust St., Northampton 01060, the School Sisters of St. Francis, 1501 Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215, for use in Yalpemech, Guatemala, or to the charity of one’s choice.