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Chris Rogers 1950 - 2016

Human Interest August 16, 2016

Theodore Christopher Rogers was born in Ithaca, New York, February 6, 1950. A 1974 graduate from Cornell University, Chris spent the first part of his life in Miami, Florida as a Boat Broker, Equitable Agent, and sailor. He moved back to Ithaca, NY with his son in 2008. An outstanding athlete, he grew up under the tutelage of his athletic parents, sailed competitively with his father for over forty-five years, excelled in the international arena as a sailor, was on the 1980 Olympic Sailing Team, and was devoted to the International Star Class and its many outstanding sailors.

A single parent, he created endless opportunities for his son, who has become an outstanding athlete, sailor, and admirable young man. Chris was also a consummate Cornellian and generously supported numerous university athletic and academic endeavors. With Zack Shulman, he spearheaded the creation of the “Corporate Roundtable”; an integral part of Entrepreneurship at Cornell. 

He was a partner and Senior Managing Director - New Business for Hamershlag Sulzberger Borg Inc., contributing visionary ideas and world wide connections to the company goal of investing in “human capital” and philanthropic work. Chris lived life with tenacious energy, heart, and integrity. 

He is loved and will be missed by many. “Sail away TCR!…”

The Star Class was a very big part of Chris' life starting as a youth sailing in the Ithaca fleet, District 12, to sailing on Lake Hopatcong, NJ in July of this year at the Tomahawk Regatta with Bob Krahulik. He also was very proud to have sailed in something like 25-40 consecutive Bacardi Cups. In the Star Class history he is listed in 1998 and 2000 crewing for Ding Schoonmaker, 2001 and 2004 with Jock Kohlhas, 2002 with Bert Collins, 2003 with Rick Peters, 2005, 2012, and 2013 with Joe Bainton, 2006 with Carroll Beek, 2007 with Timothy Seeling, 2008 with Bill Fields, 2009 with John Bainton, in 2011 he skippered with crew Mark Dolan, and crewed in 2014 with Doug Smith. 

Chris Rogers and Bill Buchan setting up "Old Faithful", #7260, during the 1992 Worlds at San Francisco, one of the many in which he sailed.