Richard “Dick” Rodgers  Donate to Dick

Age:Dick Rodgers


Years Paddled: 



Married to Jackie, a breast cancer survivor.  Grown kids: 2 Jackie’s ( Mark & Holly each with 2 kids = 4 grandkids); 2 Dick’s (Julie and Becky) – scattered all over the world.

Where he’s from:

I grew up as an Army brat and moved around quite a bit, but family roots were in North Carolina (Washington). I spent my high school years in Fayetteville  and managed to matriculate UNC on a Navy scholarship.  Home is now in Southport, but work in DC.


UNC ’71 (BA). Central Michigan ’79 (MA)


29 years in the Navy as a P-3 Naval Flight Officer  chasing submarines all over the world from bases all over the world.  Two years on USS Nimitz. Ten years in the Pentagon.  Now a lobbyist /consultant at the Livingston Group in Washington DC.

What has influenced his life:

A  wonderful Aunt Tillie; a good friend, Dennis; a good friend Kathy; and my wonderful wife and life-motivator, Jackie – all suffered from cancer.

Fun Fact:

I have paddled the Cape Fear and the Black River with Richard Folsom – looking forward to the Neuse.  Go Tar Heels! Also, Go Navy, beat Army!

Essential Paddling Gear:

Under Armor tee shirts; Advil; Kashi bars; a wee nip of Makers Mark.

In his own words:

If we can journey to the moon, we can find a way to alter the influence of this disease.

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