Dr. J.J.Rodgers 4500 Baby Deliveries in 37 years

Dr. J.J.Rodgers 4500 Baby Deliveries in 37 years

Dr. J.J. Rodgers, as we all knew him, was born James Jacob Rodgers on May 7, 1906, in Knoxville, Tennessee to the Rev. William Thomas Rodgers and Eula Hunter Rodgers. He went on to earn a B.S. Degree at the University of Chicago and his M.D. from the University of Chicago School of Medicine. He interned at the St. Louis City Hospital and served as resident of Pediatrics at the hospital.

In 1933, he married Vivian Edwards, a registered nurse from Windsor, Illinois. After hearing that a little town named Dayton needed a physician, he had inquired about the specifics with F.R. Rodgers, F.E. Robinson, K.F. Johnson, and other town leaders. Following these talks, the decision was made to move his family to Dayton.

Even though he was already very busy with his medical career and tending to his family, Dr. Rodgers managed to find time to serve 2 consecutive terms as Dayton’s Mayor from 1952-1960. Other civic endeavors over the years included holding membership in the Dayton Rotary and Lions Clubs. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Bryan College, Masonic Lodge, and held medical memberships including American Medical Association.

He was also an associate of the Official Board at the First United Methodist Church, where he had been a member since moving to town.

Upon his retirement at the age of 66, Dr. Rodgers was honored by then Dayton Mayor Paul Levengood who proclaimed May 1st, 1975 as “Dr. J.J. Rodgers Appreciation Day”. A special appreciation dinner was held that night at Bryan College where various members of the community gathered to honor and thank him for his 37 years of service to the community.

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Ted Mercer presented Rodgers with a citation of merit, as Dr. Rodgers had served on the Board of Trustees since 1964. Tom Crawford also presented a resolution from the Tennessee State Legislature on behalf of Representative Bill Cater.

Dickie Rogers spoke on behalf of all the pharmacists in town, stating how much they all hated to see him go as they were just now beginning to learn to read his writing.

Dr. Rogers expressed his gratitude and appreciation to everyone attending, and especially to all his many friends throughout the county.

Having delivered over 4500 babies during his career, I’m sure there are many people who will still remember Dr. Rodgers’ kind and gentle disposition.

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Dr. Rodgers and his wife Vivian are buried together at the Rhea Memory Gardens in Dayton Tennessee.

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Born and raised in Dayton Tennessee, I have served in various public service positions in the past. I have a great interest in the History of our town. This site is a way for me to share some of the great history of the area.

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