It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Gary Rogers. Gary served on our Head Office board of directors from 2005 to 2010. He held the positions of deputy chairman from 2006 to 2008 and chairman of the board from 2009 to 2010.
SF Fed President John C. Williams, who was research director during Gary’s term as board chairman, said “The word I would use to describe Gary is ‘passionate.’ He brought his all to everything he did, whether his business, his community—especially Oakland—and his service on our Board. He will be sorely missed.”
Gary was a long time business executive and entrepreneur in the Bay Area and was a generous corporate, civic, and philanthropic leader. He is probably best known for his nearly 30 years at the helm of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream until its sale to Nestlé in 2006.
Gary had long been active in civic organizations as well, particularly at the Bay Area Council, where he served as chairman from 1997 to 1999, and later chaired the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame Committee where he was inducted in 2005.
During his time on our board of directors, Gary provided the Federal Reserve with valuable insights about business conditions in the Twelfth District and throughout the country.
Our deepest condolences are with the Rogers family during this time of loss.