09/06/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Rog Rogallo
Francis Melvin Rogallo
Sanger (California) High School Class of 1928
Friends and Schoolmates,
We have more sad news to report. Flight pioneer Rog Rogallo, co-inventor (with his wife, the late Gertrude Sugden Rogallo) of the Rogallo Wing, passed away in Southern Shores, North Carolina on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at the age of 97.
From the Daily Press - 09/06/09:
Francis M. Rogallo
SOUTHERN SHORES, N.C. - Southern
Shores engineer, inventor, flight pioneer, loving husband, and devoted
father, Francis Melvin Rogallo 'Rog', 97, passed away peacefully Tuesday,
Sept. 1, 2009, at his Southern Shores residence.
Rog, born Jan. 27, 1912, in Sanger, Calif., was the son of the late Mathieu Rogallo and Marie Dajas Rogallo Betzold, and stepson of the late William Frederick Betzold.
Rog was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude Sugden Rogallo; brothers, Matthew Rogallo, Harold Rogallo, and Vernon Rogallo; stepsister, Margaret Betzold Pollock; and stepbrother, Curtis Betzold.
He graduated from Sanger High School in 1928 and went on to graduate with an advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics in 1935, one of the first to do so, from Stanford University.
September 06, 2009
September 07, 2009
We have pleasant childhood memories watching the Rogallos flying their strange kites on Sunday afternoons over the beach near the corner of LaSalle and Chesapeake Avenues. They seemed to have such fun. Were these really grownups? Little did we know what those little kites would become ...
Wonderful folks. Our condolences to you all. Fly on, Rog and Gertrude
September 07, 2009
Bob and Sallie & family,
Sorry to hear of your loss. Bob, your dad was an inspiration and an aeronautical super star for all of us who worked for NASA.
September 07, 2009
I was fortunate to know the Rogallos when they lived on Milford Rd. in Newport News. I remember playing endlessly with Franny along with Walker and Blair during long summer nights. I also remember watching Mr. Rogallo throw a balled-up piece of cloth with a toy soldier attached to it into the air, and miraculously watch it glide down to the ground. It was just a toy to us, and we had no idea we were in the presence of genius. My condolences to the family and in loving memory to just the nicest neighbor a kid could have.
September 08, 2009
The Rogallos, Draleys, and we (Voglewedes) became friends when we lived across the street from each other in our little four room homes on Lamington Road in Hampton. Then two of us moved to Lasalle Avenue and the Draleys moved a block over on East Avenue. It was on LaSalle Avenue that Rog started working (in their house) with his kite with a very large fan. I made the tails for the kites. The Rogallos were good friends and I think of them often.
Gert and Rog, Gene and Ida, and Tom are all in my prayers. My love to all the family.
September 09, 2009
Sincere sympathy to your family during this time of loss. Is it not true that we all look forward to the day when God will wipe the tears from all the faces, especially those tears caused by the death of a loved one, the words at Isaiah 25:8,tells us of that promise, which is soon to be a reality. May God continue to comfort your family in the days and weeks ahead, Respectfully.
September 10, 2009
I was just a Milford Road kid who sometimes was loaded into the Volkswagen bus, driven to the Lions bridge at the Mariners Museum, to fly a funny looking kite with the strings wrapped around metal OJ cans. Mr. Rogallo would come to each kid and tug on the strings, observe, note, tell us to bring them in and home to Milford we would go until next time. I still have my first kite (mylar with red tape and the OJ can) and fifty some years later enjoy going to the waters edge, at the Outer Banks, to fly my stunt kites. I am glad your parents enjoyed a long life, with a loving family, seeing so many people benefit from their genius. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with the entire Rogallo family and especially with you Carol, my teen years friend. Our condolences, David and Paula Givens
Our deepest condolences are extended to the Rogallo family and their friends at this time.
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Music (Sine Nomine) by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), 1906
For all the saints
who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith
before the world confessed.
Thy name, O Jesus,
be forever blest.
Thou wast their Rock,
their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their captain
in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear,
their one true light.
O may Thy soldiers,
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Fight as the saints
who nobly fought of old,
And win with them
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And when the strife is fierce,
the warfare long,
Steals on the ear
the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again,
and arms are strong.
From earth's wide bounds,
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Thro' gates of pearl
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Singing to Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost,
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