- Published on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 01:00
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
Mary Nell (Applegate) Rogers of Los Altos passed away on 1 September after a long illness. Born January 26, 1934, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Mary studied electrical engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduating, she worked for General Electric in New York and in 1955 married Robert Rogers, a fellow engineer from GE. Three years later she ‘retired’ to raise a family and in 1961 the family moved west, settling in Los Altos. In 1976 Mary returned to work as an engineer, joining Lockheed Missiles & Space. Mary also volunteered for the Girl Scouts and was an active member of the Society of Women Engineers, eventually holding high offices for both organizations and gaining national recognition as an advocate for women in science. In 1981 she received her MBA from Santa Clara University. Upon her second retirement, in 1998, Mary spent much of her time gardening; she also enjoyed puzzles and needlepoint.
Mary is survived by her children, Bob Jr., Beverly, Beth and Molly, and four grandchildren. Service and reception 29 September, 10 am, Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations on Mary’s behalf to the Girl Scouts of Northern California or the Society of Women Engineers’ scholarship fund (Santa Clara Valley Section).