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Francis G. Rodgers, 87, Of Darien, Retired Senior IBM Executive

Francis G. Rodgers
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DARIEN, Conn. - Francis G. "Buck" Rodgers of Darien died July 1. He was 87.

Rodgers was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Alliance, Ohio, he was the son of Harry L. and Hazel Grove Rodgers. He resided in Darien for the last 46 years. He graduated from Alliance High School in 1944. He enlisted in the Air Force. After the war, he attended Miami University.

After graduating from Miami in 1950, he joined IBM as a sales trainee in Cleveland, Ohio. He was with the IBM Corporation for 34 years. He held positions as a computer special representative, a branch manager and the Industry director of IBM's banking, finance, and brokerage business. In 1967, he became president of the Data Processing Division, the U.S. organization for all computer products and services. For 10 years, he was IBM's Vice President of Marketing. He took early retirement July 1, 1984, to pursue a career as an author and lecturer.

Rodgers is survived by his children, Christy Ann Rodgers of Snowmass Village, Colo., Scott Francis Rodgers of Indianapolis, Ind., and Kathy Rodgers Heckert (Alex) of Ridgefield; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; twin brother, William H. Rodgers of Mission Viejo, Calif.; three nephews and one niece. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen L. Rodgers; and daughter-in-law, Linda Browne Rodgers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. July 17 at St. Johns Church, 1986 Post Road, followed by burial at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Rodgers' memory may be made to The Buck Rodgers Leadership Program, Farmer School of Business, Miami University, Attn: Kirk Bogard, 800 High Street, Oxford, OH 45056.

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