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Rogers, Lydia Jetton

(born: 1899  -  died: October 7, 1998) 

Lydia Jetton Rogers was born in Louisville, KY, the daughter of Henrietta Jetton and John Jetton who was a post office clerk in Louisville [source: 1910 U.S. Federal Census]. Lydia Jetton Rogers was a researcher in clothing and textiles at the Bureau of Standards and she studied synthetic fibers for the military. She was also acting head of the Home Economics Department at Howard University. In 1951, she took a two year leave to establish a home economics department at Osmund College in Nigeria, Africa. Lydia Jetton Rogers retired from Howard University in the 1960s.

In earlier years, while establishing her career, in 1930, Lydia Jetton was a divorcee living in Chicago on South Parkway. She was a roommate with Kentuckians Ethel Hill, a department store stenographer, and Frankie V. Adams, then a secretary at the YWCA [source: U.S. Federal Census].

In 1939, Lydia Jetton returned to Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C. as director of student services, and she would become a home economics instructor. She had earned her bachelor's degree in home economics from Bennett College, her master's degree in home economics from the University of Wisconsin, and she was studying for her doctorate during the summers at Columbia University

SOURCES: Hill's Greensboro (Guilford County, N.C.) City Directory, volumes 1936-1942; "In it's program...," The Crisis, December 1939, p.357, bottom of column 3; and "3 members of Bennett faculty get awards," The Afro American, 04/27/1940, p.9].

By 1949, Lydia Jetton had married Otis Rogers, the marriage would end in divorce. The couple lived in Washington, D.C. at 341 Bryant St. N.W. Lydia Rogers' work with the military allowed her to traveled abroad during WWII, arriving back in the U.S. on the Samaria (ship), September 18, 1949 [source: U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service, List of In-bound Passengers, List No. 31, p.141].

Lydia Jetton Rogers was 100 years old when she died, October 7, 1998 in Washington, D.C.

For more see The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians, by A. A. Dunnigan; and "Lydia Rogers dies; professor at Howard U., The Washington Post, Obituaries section, p.B06.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Adams, Florence V. "Frankie"
NKAA Entry: Dunnigan, Alice A.
NKAA Source: Greensboro (Guilford County, N.C.) city directory (periodical)
NKAA Source: Crisis (periodical)
NKAA Source: The Afro-American (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Fascinating story of Black Kentuckians : their heritage and traditions
NKAA Source: The Washington post (newspaper)

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