Volume 2, Number 9, Fall 1966
Kansas State Commencement Week this year featured a Charley Rogers Journalism Alumni Reunion, with former students gathering from all over the country. This was a special occasion in Manhattan, Kans., but its old hat in Washington, D. C., where former students of Charley Rogers are gathering every week of the year.
Murder and Politics
After covering murder, politics, sports, and books for the Tulsa World and Kansas City Star, Charley became an Associate Professor of Journalism at Kansas in 1919. He was head of the Department of Journalism from 1926 to 1939. Many of his students came to Washington; at least 20 took information jobs in the USDA. Charley can boast of close to 10 "alums" who became directors of major USDA information programs.
Currently with USDA are Franklin Thackrey, M. L. Dumars, Wayne Dexter, Elma Van Horn, Beryl Stanton, Eula Mae Kelly and Walter M. Martin. Others who worked for USDA at some time in their careers were Milton Eisenhower, Samuel Pickard, Leslie R. Combs, Morse Salisbury, Vernon Bundy, John Bird, Josephine Hemphill Louis, E. Childers, Kenneth M. Gapen, Alice Nichols, F. E. Charles, W. K. Charles, and C. R. F. Smith.
Charley is an alumnus of Kansas by virtue of an M. S. he earned there. But he also has an A. B. from the University of Oklahoma, and A. M. from Stanford, and a Ph. D. from the University of Minnsota.
Dr. Rogers left Kansas to become head of the Journalism Department of Iowa State. After the War he served as Educational Relations Officer of the U. N. Food and Agriculture Organization. In 1952 he joined the information staff of the old BAE. His boss at USDA: Franklin Thackery. When ERS and OMS were established he transferred to the Division of Information headed by Wayne Dexter, another former student.
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