Huntingdon remembers former registrar and alumna Jean Rodgers '49
Montgomery, Ala.—The Huntingdon College community was saddened today to learn of the death of alumna and long-time registrar Jean Rodgers, Class of 1949. Rodgers passed away Sunday evening, October 2, after an extended illness.
Rodgers’ association with Huntingdon began in 1945, when she arrived on campus as a freshman. After graduating in 1949 she remained at Huntingdon for nearly 40 more years, serving as recorder from 1950 to 1955, assistant to the dean in 1955, and registrar from 1956 to 1987, when she retired for the first time. “Dean Jean,” as she was fondly known, is remembered for running the registrar’s office with a combination of integrity, efficiency, and concern for students. Her devotion and expertise in her profession, from its minutest details to its broadest aspects, became legend. Not only loved and respected by students, Rodgers also was highly respected by the faculty and staff at Huntingdon College. She has served on the College's National Alumni Board, was the recipient of the Alumni Loyalty Award in 1977, and was honored with the Alumni Achievement Award in 1980. After retiring from Huntingdon, Rodgers joined the staff of First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, as coordinator of volunteers, where she served until retiring again in 2005.
In Rodgers' honor, Huntingdon renovated a space in Flowers Hall formerly known as the prayer room, renaming it the Jean Rodgers Chapel and dedicating it with dozens of alumni and friends present in 2010. President J. Cameron West, reflecting on Jean’s love for and devotion to the College at the time of the dedication, said, “Former students and current staff and faculty members not normally given to feelings of awe speak in reverential tones about Jean Rodgers. They love her, and I think they love her not because of her competence—and she was a very competent Registrar—but because they know she loved Huntingdon College deeply and still does. When someone loves the institution for which she works, that love makes a qualitative difference in the way she does her work. It is this love that led us to renovate the prayer room and to rename it the Jean Rodgers Chapel.”
Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, Wednesday, October 5, at 10:00 a.m.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college.