Orville Rogers

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Orville Rogers
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Orville Rogers at the 2016 USATF Masters Indoor Championship in Albuquerque, NM
Born Orville Curtis Rogers
November 28, 1917
Hubbard, Texas, USA
Occupation Pilot with Braniff Airways
Spouse(s) Esther Beth (Shannon) Rogers 1943-2008 (her death)

Orville Rogers is a retired pilot and competitive runner.

Early life[edit]

Orville graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1940, where he met his future wife, Esther Beth Shannon (class of 1941).[1][2]

Running[edit]

Orville has set multiple world records, shown in the List of world records in masters athletics. At the age of 50, Rogers took up running after reading the book Aerobics by Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper.[3][4] Rogers credits Dr. Cooper with saving his life, “at least once, probably twice," first by kickstarting his running career, and again when Dr. Cooper discovered blockage in his heart during a Cooper test. Orville has competed in Masters athletics races, setting records at the age of 90[5] and 95.[6] In 2015, Orville teamed up with other nonagenarians to set multiple relay running records.[7] He made national news after a video of his sprint against then 92 year old Dixon Hemphill went viral. Rogers, 99 at the time, won the race by 0.05 seconds.[8][9]

Commercial pilot[edit]

Based in Dallas, Orville was a Braniff International Airways commercial pilot for more than three decades.[10][11]

Philanthropy[edit]

Orville and Esther Beth have been generous supporters of many organizations, including Dallas Baptist University[12] and the Frontiers of Flight Museum.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calling the Roll of Sooner Classes" (PDF). digital.libraries.ou.edu. 2017 [1946]. 
  2. ^ Troxtell, Adam. "From the sky down: OU grad Rogers trades wings for running medals". The Norman Transcript. Retrieved 2017-11-06. 
  3. ^ "2014 Member Awards". Cooper Aerobics. Retrieved 2004-12-19. 
  4. ^ "99-year-old Runner (Texas Country Reporter)". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Faces in the Crowd". si.com. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  6. ^ Track and Field, USA. "Orville Rogers Member Spotlight". USATF. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  7. ^ Winters, Wendi. "91-year-old Annapolis man, three others break world track and field record". Capital Gazette. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  8. ^ Fox, Kit. "99-Year-Old Upsets 92-Year-Old in Thrilling Sprint". Runner's World. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  9. ^ Soong, Kelyn. "92-Year-old runner can't wait for a rematch after video of race goes viral". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  10. ^ "Runner, 95, Breaks World Records". abcnews.go.com. 
  11. ^ "Calling the Roll of Sooner Classes" (PDF). digital.libraries.ou.edu. 2017 [1946]. 
  12. ^ "DBU Report Vol. XXII No.3". DBU. 
  13. ^ "Meet Capt. Orville Rogers, an extraordinary man". flightmuseum.com.