February 27, 1948 - September 11, 2018
Paul Horton Rodgers died unexpectedly in Dallas, Texas, on September 11, 2018, at the age of 70 years. He is survived by his loving husband, Bernard M. Stoller (Bob), of Dallas, and his stepdaughter, Michelle J. Stoller, of Richardson, as well as his brother Jon D. Rodgers and wife Betty, of Edmund, Oklahoma, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was born in Hereford, Texas, to David M. and Kathryn F. Rodgers, and spent his earliest years in Dawn, before moving to Lubbock, where he attended school, graduating from Monterey High School. He attended and graduated from Texas Christian University, where he was a proud member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He then embarked upon a lifelong career in banking in Ft. Worth, and then in Dallas. He retired from J.P.Morgan Chase in 2016.
During his lifetime, Paul was a founder, officer, or active member of Midway Hills Christian Church, Zero Population Growth, Population Connection, Population Media Center, Earth Day Dallas, North Dallas Shared Ministries, Austin Street Center, Dallas Green Alliance, Latino Voter Empowerment Project, Dallas County Deputy Voter Registrar, Fort Worth Ballet, Lesbian and Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (treasurer), Lesbian and Gay Political Caucus (past president), Dallas Gay Alliance/Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance, Metroplex Republicans/Log Cabin Dallas (co-founder/past president), GLAD (Gay, Lesbian, and Affirming Disciples, co-coordinator), AIDS Interfaith Care Team Coordinator for Central Christian Church, Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, AIDS buddy for Oak Lawn Community Services, and the JP Morgan Chase Pride employee group.
As a longtime member of Midway Hills Christian Church, Paul served in various capacities over the years. He diligently supported and promoted numerous environmental and social justice causes, both locally and nationally, as well as arts and cultural organizations. Paul was particularly interested in working with local, state, and national groups that promoted equality and justice for the gay and lesbian community. With a lifelong interest in politics, he worked on many political campaigns. He believed that the world could be made a better place for all, and he worked to achieve that goal his entire life in so many different ways. Much of his time and energy since his retirement has been invested in organizations that promote that goal, including his Church, voter registration projects, North Dallas Shared Ministries, Austin Street Center, the Population Connection, and UT Southwestern Clements Hospital.
In accordance with his wishes, no funeral service will be held. His ashes will be interred next to his parents in Lubbock, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Paul’s memory to Midway Hills Christian Church, North Dallas Shared Ministries, Austin Street Center, or a charity of your choice that promotes social justice or environmental protection. On October 28, 2018, a Celebration of Paul Rodger’s life will be held at 2 p.m. at Midway Hills Christian Church, Dallas, Texas, so that those whose lives he touched may come together to share in his blessings. The sum of the life of Paul Rodgers is found in his deeds, rather than in these words.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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