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Willie Mae Rogers

January 1, 2019

1975 – New York City

Following a career as a teacher and in business, Willie Mae Rogers served as director of the Good Housekeeping Institute from 1953 until her retirement in 1975. Her work included direction of all Institute activities and the coordination of all service departments of the magazine. Her ethics and charm became hallmarks of the Institute. For many years she continued to serve as a Special Advisor to the Publisher of Good Housekeeping. Miss Rogers served on the original Consumer Council of the American National Standards Institute, on the Governor’s Council of Women, appointed by then-Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York and was selected as one of the Distinguished Women of New York. She has also served as a member of the board of directors of Girls Clubs of America and of the Brand Names Foundation and was a member of the National Council of Women of the United States and the American Home Economics Association and Northwood University’s New York chapter chair. Miss Rogers is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, which is her alma mater and, in 1967, was awarded an honorary degree by the college. In 1988, she was honored by induction into the Home Economists in Business Hall of Fame. She is a native of Jackson, Tennessee. (Deceased 2006)