Sheldon Roger of Cherry Hills Village died Feb. 20. He was born June 15, 1929, to Sarah and Abraham Roger in Gary, Indiana, the second of three children.
He graduated from Indiana University on June 12, 1950, with an undergraduate degree in anatomy and physiology and was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity.
He earned his Doctorate in Medicine from Indiana University on his 24th birthday, June 15, 1953, and completed an internship and residency in surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC in 1955.
He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Core from 1955 – 1957 with the majority of that time spent at Fort Lewis base in Tacoma, Washington
He moved to Colorado and completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Colorado Medical School in 1960 with orthopedic practice at Rose Medical Center, VA hospital doctor and volunteer for more than 50 years serving as Chief of Orthopedics for a short period of time for the VA in 1997-1998
He was the team orthopedic physician for the Denver Nuggets (his dream job) for 12 years.
He was an associate clinical professor of medicine in the department of orthopedics at the University of Colorado Medical School. He was dearly beloved by all of his patients and colleagues.
Skiing with family and friends was one of his greatest joys. Golf was his real passion. He belonged to Green Gables for many years and was an accomplished golfer. Shelly competed and won numerous tournaments while a member there.
Shelly played the violin and the piano. He started playing the piano at age 5. To earn money in high school he played the piano for ballet classes. Played in his high school orchestra and was concertmaster.
During the last three years of his life, with his own memory issues, he would go to retirement homes and play the old classics once a week for memory care patients. This brought him great joy and purpose. When asked why he did this, he said he felt he needed to give something of joy to those who could not get it for themselves.
Music was truly one of Shelly’s lifelong passions. He loved sharing that passion with his friends and dinner parties and with his grandchildren whenever they came to the house.
He loved the opera and loved classical music.
He was an avid Denver Broncos fan and season ticket holder since their inaugural season in 1960.
Contributions in Shelly’s memory can be made to The Denver Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association of the Rocky Mountains.
He was so very proud of his family, his children their successes and what great parents they all are to their own children. Sheldon is survived by the love of his life, Carol; children, David Roger, Stephen (Juliet) Roger and Dr. Jeffrey (Dr. JoAnna) Roger, Stephanie Kingdom (Dr. Todd) , David (Molly) Rudnick and brother Dr. Burton (Alfie) Roger.
He is also survived by his nine grandchildren: Jack and Andrew Roger, Ben and Nathan Kingdom, Annie, Emily and Samantha Rudnick and Julian and Lauren Roger. Also the family dogs: Snej, Bob, Georgia and Peyton.
Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. at Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 S. Ivanhoe St. in Denver.
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