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September 10, 2000
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Retired surgeon gives SUNY Upstate largest gift ever

Lloyd S. Rogers, M.D., the first full-time faculty member in the department of surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University, is giving $550,000 to the College of Medicine at Upstate Medical University. This is the largest gift ever given to Upstate from a single individual.

The announcement of the gift was made Sept. 9 during the unveiling of Rogers’ portrait, which was painted by Brian Makepeace of Ithaca.

Last year Rogers was honored with the creation of the first endowed professorship in surgery at SUNY Upstate, the Lloyd S. Rogers Professor of Surgery, now held by Patricia Numann, M.D. Funds for this endowment were raised by the Medical Alumni Foundation from friends and colleagues of Rogers. This gift will be used to add to that endowment.

“This gift from Dr. Rogers is another example of his commitment to the medical and educational community to which he has given so much time and energy over the last five decades,” said Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., president of SUNY Upstate Medical University. “That commitment has earned Lloyd Rogers the highest respect and affection from countless students, residents, faculty and staff. We are extremely grateful to be the beneficiaries of his unyielding support.”

Rogers came to Syracuse in 1953 to be chief of surgery at the Veteran’s Administration (VA) Hospital and assistant professor at the College of Medicine. He was named full professor in the College of Medicine in 1965, and held numerous leadership posts at both the Syracuse VA and SUNY Upstate’s department of surgery, where he was acting chairman from 1967 to 1970 and director of general surgery from 1967 to 1977. He served as vice chair of surgery at the SUNY Upstate from 1982 to 1985, when he retired as professor emeritus.

Rogers resides in Syracuse.

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