Ralph Loucks Rogers, 92, formerly of Norwood, Delaware County, a retired research chemist, died Thursday, July 10, of heart failure at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind.
He had lived at Peabody Retirement Center in North Manchester, Ind., since 2009. In 1996, he moved to Indiana to be near family.
Born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., he lived in Pittsburgh until he was 9, when he moved to the Loucks family homestead and dairy farm in Scottdale, Pa. It was while working in the dairy that Mr. Rogers' lifelong interest in science was kindled.
Mr. Rogers, a graduate of Scottdale High School, joined the Army in 1943 and studied electrical engineering. He served as a telephone repeaterman in Burma during World War II, installing, adjusting, and maintaining repeater and carrier equipment used in a military longlines-wire communication system, according to his military papers.