Dr. John Albert Rogans passed away on December 7, 2016 in Brownsville, Texas at the grand age of 85. He was an actor, an author, an Amazon Doctor, and a great adventurer.
John is survived by his son, Bradley; his daughter, Julia; his sister, Betty; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; a loving girlfriend, Theresa; and a community of patients he helped care for over the years.
John was born to Ellen and Albert Rotgans across the pond in England. He grew up in the streets of London, surviving the great Blitz and the social divisions that he forever was striving to break free from. After serving as an officer in the British Army and dabbling in movies, he pursued his education at London University, becoming an engineer. His engineer career took him to Canada where he went on to have a family and resume his studies, this time in the field of medicine.
It was in the field of medicine that he found his true passion. Becoming a doctor at the age of 39 was just the beginning of his medical accomplishments. Throughout his life, he practiced Medicine from Asia to the Amazon. Always traveling, forever exploring, he did manage to settle down for a bit to build a Family Practice Emergency Clinic in Brownsville, Texas. With his then wife, Jean; and two children Brad and Julia, he set his roots in the Valley; forever committing himself to the palm trees and culture of the Rio Grande Valley.
With his heavy British accent patients of all types embraced him and welcomed him into their families and their community. He was an active member of the local Camille Playhouse. He was also a Toastmaster member. Although he was fully committed to the culture of the Valley he did maintain a few classic British customs such as Tea time and the fine delicacy of Bubble and Squeak.
John Rogans was a doctor, a father, a brother, a son, and a grandfather. He left a lasting impression on those who knew him. His travels took him all over the place and his ability to speak a half dozen languages is beyond impressive. His later years were reflective and it was then that he embraced the Buddhist religion. It is with this religion that we now take comfort in knowing that life and death are a cycle. Death is not his end, he will continue on. We wish you well in your next great adventure. Love, Bradley and Jewels