Policy maker William D. Rogers dead at 80

Sept. 30, 2007 at 11:22 AM
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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.


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