Philanthropist James E. Rogers passed away at the age of 75 on Saturday at his home in Las Vegas following a battle with cancer, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
Rogers graduated from the University of Arizona law school in 1962 and it is named after him following a $115 million donation to the school.
The law school’s dean, Marc Miller, said, “All of you who knew Jim realize what a loss this is to the entire University of Arizona community, and we feel this loss especially deeply.”
Miller discussed Rogers’ legacy, saying that it will continue “in the programs he helped build, the students whose lives he changed, and the many people here who became his friends. His character and vision will continue to shape the experience and careers of future generations of graduates.”
From 2005 to 2009, Rogers worked as the chancellor of the higher education system for the state of Nevada, but never accepted compensation.
He also owned KSNV-TV in Las Vegas. The station is an NBC affiliate. He also was responsible for overseeing the expansion of Sunbelt Communications in five Western states. The company is now known as Intermountain West Communications Co.
Some of Rogers’ donations helped to create the law school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
“Jim and I were contemporaries while practicing law, and what a terrific lawyer he was,” U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in a statement. “And his talents were not limited to law. What he has done in education is superb. His philanthropic endeavors are unsurpassed in the state of Nevada.”
The governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, released a statement that said the following:
Nevada “lost one of its most outspoken and fearless advocates. Jim dedicated his time and resources to advancing our education system and as chancellor of higher education, was fierce in his commitment to make sure our students had the resources they needed to succeed. Jim’s legacy will live on in the many lives he touched throughout his truly remarkable career.”
Rogers is survived by his wife, Beverly and three children from a previous marriage.