Tog Rogers was born in Tyler, Texas, and grew up in the North Texas town of Gainesville. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Economics from North Texas University in 1956. He received his LL.B. from SMU Dedman School of Law in 1961.
In 1961, Rogers started his law career as a briefing clerk for the Supreme Court of Texas, first working for Justice Joe Greenhill, and later for Justice Clyde Smith. While in Austin, he was recalled to active duty with the Air Force. Upon his release from active duty, he joined the Dallas firm of Wynne, McKenzie, Jaffe and Tinsley as only the 13th lawyer of the firm. His practice involved matters in civil litigation for the firm’s various clients.
In 1967, Rogers left the firm to become general counsel for L.L. Ridgway’s, Inc., a small public, reprographics firm with headquarters in Houston. In 1969, he became president of Ridgway’s and a member of the board of directors, and in 1980, Rogers took the company private. Over the next twenty years, the company grew from approximately ten million dollars in sales to over one hundred million dollars, with offices in twenty-seven U.S. cities. During this time Rogers served on the board and was president of the National Association of Blueprint and Diazo Coaters. He also was on the board of the International Reprographics Association.
In 2000, Rogers sold Ridgway’s and retired to enjoy life with his wife, Suzie, and his nine grandchildren. Since 2000, he has served for several years as guardian ad litem for abused children as a volunteer with Child Advocates of Houston and continues to serve on the Endowment Board of Child Advocates. Rogers is also a member of the Executive Board of SMU Dedman School of Law.