Elizabeth Elting Rogers, a long-time resident of the East End, passed away at her home in Bridgehampton on March 7. She was 76 years old.
Elizabeth “Bumpy” was born in Chicago, Ill., on October 23, 1936 to Winston Elting and Marjorie Horton. She grew up in Lake Forest, Ill. She attended Chatham Hall and was a music major at Vassar College from 1954-1957. Her marriage to Bernard Fowler Rogers III, in that year, led her to transfer to The University of Chicago where she graduated with a BA in 1958. That same year she gave birth to her first of four beloved boys – Mark, Michael, Christopher and Paul.
Throughout her life Mrs. Rogers maintained a deep and abiding love of music and the arts. While raising her children on Chicago’s north side, she taught piano, and served as a piano accompanist to ballet master classes with Maria Tallchief, the Lyric Opera, and dancer Carleton Smith. Later, after moving to New York, she continued her piano accompaniment at the American Ballet Theatre and then, in Bridgehampton, with Aras Ames of the Conservatory of Ballet and Danse Arts.
In addition to her musical pursuits, she was a co-founder and manager of the Lencia Boutique in Chicago and produced “People of the Wind,” an Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature Film in 1977.
Mrs. Roger’s love of the East End began in the late 60s, when she was introduced to its stunning natural beauty and its vibrant community of artists and writers. The South Fork allowed her to pursue her lifelong interests as a musician, gardener, writer, activist and adventurer.
“She was appreciated and loved throughout the community for her vibrant and unique spirit, her prowess on the piano, her annual jazz celebration for Barry Harris and her remarkable generosity,” said the family.
She was a regular attendee at Ocean Zendo in Sagaponack, and this Sunday, she was to have played the piano for the Unitarian Church in Sag Harbor.
Mrs. Rogers is predeceased by her son, Mark. She is survived by three sons: Michael of Mt. Tremper, N.Y., and Paul and Christopher, both of Sag Harbor, and her beloved daughter-in-law, Li Kun Huang. She leaves two siblings, John Elting of New York, N.Y. and Audry Elting of Godfry, Ill, and a half brother, Lach Elting of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
A memorial service, officiated by Reverend Peter M. Larsen, will be held on June 1, 2013 at 2 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Dune Church in Southampton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Choral Society of the Hamptons.
“Throughout her life, Elizabeth hewed to her motto to ‘create your own excitement,’” said the family. “She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.”