UPPERVILLE, Va., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- William D. Rogers, who served three U.S. presidents, died of a heart attack at age 80 while fox hunting near his home in Upperville, Va.
Rogers, a life-long horseman, died Sept. 22 while fox hunting on his favorite horse, Isaiah, his son William told Sunday's New York Times.
Rogers, a Democrat who graduated from Princeton and Yale Law School, helped shape Latin American policy for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and served as a policy maker during Gerald Ford's administration.
Showing his independent streak, Rogers resigned from Johnson’s administration because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. In a 1970 letter to The Times, Rogers called the U.S. invasion of Cambodia a flagrant violation of international law.
Rogers, was declared dead almost immediately by a doctor participating in the fox hunt. A minister was called, the hounds were collected and the hunters gathered for a short prayer service on the spot.
“One by one, they rode past him and tipped their hats,” his son said.