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Zelia Kay Clapp (’84)

Zelia Kay Bowman passed away at St. David’s South Hospital in Austin, Texas on Sunday, June 9, 2019 with daughter Amy and husband John at her side. Kay was born on April 23, 1944 in Hearne, Texas.

She attended public schools there and worked in her parents’ flower shop. After school there it was off to Austin, Texas to work for lawyers while going to The University of Texas from which she graduated in 1968 with a degree in Education and later from Texas A & M and the University of Houston with advanced degrees . She moved to Europe to teach as part of the D. O. D. teaching program in England and Germany for several years and then returned to Texas when her father passed away. She then moved to the Houston area to begin her career in public school education in the Alief I. S. D. where she met another group of new teachers that would become her friends for the rest of her life. She was a teacher, counselor, and Assistant Principal in Alief before moving to Spring I. S. a school administrator after she and John married in 1990 as they both continued their careers.

Kay was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1994 and after a while she and John retired early and moved to Wimberley, Texas in 2004 where she was active in the book club, garden club, and the Wimberley United Methodist Church which she and John joined in 2005.

Kay moved to Deer Creek of Wimberley, a nursing and care facility in 2016 until her fall there June 9, 2019 after which she was taken to St. David’s in Austin remaining there until her passing. Kay is survived by her husband John, daughter Amy and her husband Rob, and grand children Siara and Adelyn, relatives in Wimberley, Clute, Texas and Lake Jackson, Texas and many dear friends that Kay cherished and who helped make her life very special indeed.

Special thanks to the nurses and staff at St. David’s South Hospital and to Kay’s long-time home caregivers Cathy, Cassada, Marti and the Deer Creek Staff.

Kay battled Parkinson’s Disease during much of her time in Wimberley with spirit, faith, and grace never letting that disease define her and most always facing each day with hope and great courage.

We give thanks for her life and we were blessed by her presence. Rest in peace gentle spirit. We will miss you all the rest of our days. Memorial service will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Wimberley United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wimberley area Parkinson’s Association and the Wimberley United Methodist Church.

John C. Rogers (’62)

September 12 2019

John C. Rogers of Oxford CT and Punta Gorda FL passed away at his Oxford home on September 6, 2019 with his wife and family by his side.
John was the son of the late Augusta (Burchfield) Rogers and Forest E. Rogers. He is survived by his loving and cherished wife, the former first selectman of Oxford, Mary Ann Drayton-Rogers.
Born in Knoxville TN and raised in Port Lavaca TX, John graduated from Bosse High School in Evansville Indiana and the University of Houston with a Marketing Degree in 1962.

He proudly served in the US Army stationed in Grunstadt Germany with the 1st Artillery, 5th Missile R Company C (Specialist 4 Class) from 1962 to 1964. He often joked about how his father, who headed the recruitment board, picked his name out on the list. In fact John volunteered on his own to serve as an enlisted soldier during the Vietnam War and surprised his father with the news.
John went on to work for General Electric in the Home Service Center, Syracuse NY, before transferring to Bridgeport, CT to Wire & Cable he advanced to Supervisor of NBC Division Accounts Payable; Financial Planning Center and Accounts Payable Department in Shelton, CT where he retired in 2000. He was also a Certified Financial Planner for Amex in the eighties.
Besides his wife of 30 years he is survived by his children, Tina (Glenn) Herman of Woodbury, John (Colleen) of Guilford, Garrett (Karen) of Hamden, stepchildren, Jeffrey (fiance Cindy) of Woodbury, Eric (Kimberly) of Panama City Beach FL and Jill Drayton of Oxford. He was predeceased by his son Michael.

John leaves ten grandchildren,Taylor and Madison Drayton; John, Eleanor, and Ewan Oakes-Rogers; Jey, Kellen and Brady Herman; Stephanie and Magdalena Rogers. He leaves his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Barbara and Edward Dalterio and Kristina and Gerald Trevits, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his late wife Kathleen Rogers and his sisters Billie Ray Slotnick and Julianne Dugat.

Known for his sense of humor and lightheartedness, John seldom had a harsh word to say. John was always a humble man and when asked for his opinion or advice, he would simply say, “I know very little”. He loved putting people at ease and brought joy to many throughout his life with a warm smile or a huge bear hug. He enjoyed spending fun times with family and dear friends in CT and FL. “Big John” especially loved the Thanksgiving holidays, traveling and spending winters in Florida with Mary Ann, fishing in Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico, watching the UConn basketball teams and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys in good seasons and not so good seasons. John never missed watching a Superbowl game since its inception.

John was a lifetime member of the Waterbury Deep Sea Fishing Club, a member of St Thomas the Apostle Church, Oxford Senior Center, Oxford Land Trust, Oxford Historical Society, a past Weebeloe Boy Scout leader and Pop Warner Football Coach, Seymour/Oxford league. He formerly volunteered his time as a tax preparer and had served on some local town boards/commissions in Oxford. And John loved music of all types; he played the trumpet in high school, danced up a storm and sang in the choir at the Great Hill United Methodist Church for a time.

John relied on his devoted wife, Mary Ann, to guide him through his recent illnesses over the last several years and often expressed his gratitude to all who shared both the challenging and the enjoyable times. Besides his wife, he was lovingly cared for by Taylor, Jill and Madison as well as his caring aides and nurses especially Jennifer and Elaine. He accepted living with Parkinson’s Disease and Autonomic Neuropathy with grace and dignity setting an example of courage and will miss and be missed by all who shared in his life.

Calling hours will be held Thursday September 12, 2019 from 10:00-12:30, with a funeral service at 1:00P.M. at Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home, located 235 Main Street North Southbury, CT. A graveside service with military honors will follow at Southford Cemetery located in Oxford, CT. To leave an online condolence please visit

Charles (Chuck) Thompson, II, (’07)

Charles (Chuck) Thompson, II, has joined the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as an Associate in the firm’s Asset Management practice group focusing on derivatives transactions and regulation. Chuck was previously an Associate at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP in Washington, D.C

Gregory Perrin (’92, MFA ’95)

Gregory Perrin has been appointed Associate Vice President for Development at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. Previously, Gregory served in various fundraising roles at the University of Texas at Austin.

Emily Hull (’95, JD ’98)

Emily Hull (formerly Rushworth) recently opened The Law Office of Emily C. A. Hull in the Cypress, Texas area. Emily focuses her practice primarily on custody, divorce, and other family law matters as well as select civil and real estate cases in Harris, Montgomery, and Fort Bend counties. She has been married to Michael Hull (JD 1997; LLM 2005) since 1999 and they have four children who all hope to attend the University of Houston soon.

Jason Smith (’09)

Jason Smith and Family

My wife, Erin Smith (J.D. UH Law Center, 2011) and I were extremely blessed to have added three new Cougars to our family with the arrival of triplet boys; Cullen, Connor and Cooper on May 29, 2019.

Peter Tropoli (J.D.’96)

Peter Tropoli has significant experience advising executives, in-house counsel, boards, and investors in the development and successful execution of their corporate strategies. In his practice, he will assist public and private middle-market companies as well as start-ups and entrepreneurs with general corporate matters, negotiating and executing corporate acquisitions and dispositions, representing borrowers in commercial finance transactions, corporate governance matters, regulatory compliance, assessment of risks, securities compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, preventing and resolving litigation, and more.

Eric D. Bentley (J.D. ’04)

Eric D. Bentley, senior associate general counsel at the University of Houston system, will become vice chancellor and general counsel at the Texas Tech University system on September 10.

Destinee K. Roman (J.D. ’15)

Destinee is an associate in the real estate and corporate sections of Nathan Sommers Jacobs. Her real estate practice focuses on real estate acquisitions and dispositions, and the development and leasing of all types of commercial real estate, including retail shopping centers, industrial developments, multi-family developments, condominium projects, office buildings, micro hospitals, and unimproved property.

Laura Napoli-Janitens (J.D. ’15)

Laura Napoli-Janitens’ practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and construction law. She has experience representing clients in a variety of business and contract disputes, including litigation involving breach of contract, fraud, industrial construction, pipelines, water supply distribution systems, CERCLA, and tort defense.