The Katherine Estes Rogers Foundation was established in memory of Katherine Estes Rogers by her loving husband, M. Hugh Rogers, shortly following Katherine's death from cancer in March 1997. The Foundation was established for general charitable purposes, with a primary focus on research for pain relief by cancer victims. No officer or director receives compensation for services, nor are officers and directors eligible for grants. All such donations will fund grants to major research organizations and smaller organizations meeting the needs of cancer victims.
Katherine was born February 2,1917 in Joplin, Missouri. Hers was a prominent family in that state, due to the size and popularity of a newspaper, The Joplin Globe, established in the mid-1800s by her grandfather. The family owned and operated the newspaper continuously until its sale to Dow Jones in 1996.
Katherine moved with her family to California at the age of six. She was married to and divorced Vollers Wood, and was married to and survived Norman G. Lacy, before marrying Rogersin 1966. In addition to her husband, she was survived by a son, Robert A. Lacy, and a daughter, Katherine W. Gauld.
Katherine was a warm, loving person, respected and loved by all who knew her. This memorial serves to keep her for many years in the hearts and minds of those whose lives she touched. Katherine and Hugh were old and dear friends of F. Bentley Mooney Jr., the president of the Foundation.