T. Gary Rogers

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T. Gary Rogers
Born(1942-06-05)June 5, 1942
DiedMay 2, 2017(2017-05-02) (aged 74)
Alma mater
Known forFormer Owner and CEO of Dreyer's

Thomas Gary Rogers (June 5, 1942 – May 2, 2017) was an American entrepreneur and executive who acquired and built Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream into a major company. Rogers was formerly a director of Levi Strauss & Co. and he served as the first non-family Chairman of their board in 155 years.

Rogers was born in Stockton, California.[1] He attended Harvard Business School with Bob Haas who preceded him as Chairman of Levi Strauss.[2] Rogers retired from the Levi's Board of Directors on December 3, 2009.[3] He became chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for a term beginning January 1, 2009.[4] He was also the chairman of Safeway Inc.[5]

Rogers purchased Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream with his business partner, Rick Cronk, for $1 million in 1977. He was the CEO and he and Cronk were managers and principal shareholders of Dreyer's for almost 30 years, until the company was acquired by Nestlé in 2006 for $3.2 billion.[6]

Rogers is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He is the brother of James D. Rogers, who is also an Eagle Scout and Distinguished Eagle Scout. Their brother Don is also an Eagle Scout, as are seven of their sons, for a total of ten Eagle Scouts across two generations of this family.

Rogers is an alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a substantial financial contributor to the university, particularly the rowing program. He recently gave a donation to build the new boathouse complex, which is now named in his honor.[7]

His various donations were made through the Rogers Family Foundation, which has made grants to fund eugenics research at Berkeley.[6][8]

He died in May, 2017.[9][10]

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  1. ^ California Birth Index, 1905-1995
  2. ^ San Francisco Chronicle December 13, 2007
  3. ^ Levi's 8-k announcement of resignation of T. Gary Rogers
  4. ^ "In Memory of T. Gary Rogers, Former Chairman of the Board of Directors". frbsf.org. May 3, 2017. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  5. ^ "T. Gary Rogers, Dreyer's owner, philanthropist, dies at 74". SFGate. May 4, 2017. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  6. ^ a b "Longtime Bay Area business leader and philanthropist Gary Rogers dies". bizjournals.com. May 3, 2007. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  7. ^ Peterson, Robert (2002). "Cal Crew Media Guide". California Golden Bears. Archived from the original on 2006-06-25. Retrieved 2007-01-10.
  8. ^ Watanabe, Teresa (26 October 2020). "UC Berkeley is disavowing its eugenic research fund after bioethicist and other faculty call it out". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Gary Rogers Rebounded From Restaurant Debacle to Triumph in Ice Cream". WSJ. May 12, 2007. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  10. ^ "Former Dreyer's owner T. Gary Rogers dies in California". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 5 May 2017.[permanent dead link]

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