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Judy Rogers

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Judy Elder Rogers '66

Retired from Johnson & Johnson (J&J) as a human resource manager; after retirement, worked at the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey as a bereavement coordinator and coordinator of hospice volunteers

Major: Religion

What I love about what I do: I worked for 20 years with people facing many life challenges (mental health, epilepsy, AIDS, abuse) and then for J&J and hospice. I loved having the privilege of walking beside people during the difficult as well as joyful days of their lives.

The most challenging part of my work: Putting aside my expectations and being present in the moment with each individual while hearing their stories and helping them establish and reach their goals.

How my Dickinson experience prepared me: By encouraging me to bring critical thinking and fact gathering to situations that are sometimes washed in emotions and feelings—to see, experience and be a part of different perspectives.

The accomplishment I’m most proud of today: The lifetime commitments I have made to my wonderful husband (Andrew Rogers ’65), two children and their families and my community of faith and action. I have volunteered and been a part of many organizations working to help and maintain the dignity of people going through change and loss.

How I stay connected to Dickinson: I have annually gotten together with a group of 10 Dickinson women and found myself surrounded by the same sense of community and caring Dickinson has always given me.

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Published March 17, 2015