COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - An Omaha man killed in a plane crash on Interstate 29 in western Iowa this week headed an Omaha, Nebraska, investment advisory firm and brokerage and was a longtime Iowa State University supporter.
John Warren Rogers, 65, was chairman, president and CEO of Westchester Capital Management in Omaha, the Omaha World-Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1NMPrKx ).
Rogers was flying the plane that crashed late Thursday morning shortly after taking off from Eppley Airfield in Omaha, authorities said. His flight plan listed Trinidad, Colorado, and Chandler, Arizona, as his destinations.
Rogers had radioed to the airport that he was having trouble and requested an emergency landing. The aircraft was flying low when it struck power lines and then crashed, witnesses said.
Rogers started the Omaha investment firm in the mid-1980s. The company lists a staff of eight, including his son, James.
“No words can adequately express the sorrow from this news that my family, friends, and business associates feel,” James Rogers said in a statement. “I couldn’t have asked for a better role model than my dad, as both father and business partner. His spirit will always be with me and I will honor his memory by continuing the work he was passionate about.”
Rogers graduated from the Iowa State University’s School of Architecture and studied finance with the Securities Industry Institute and the Wharton School of Business.
He was a governor of the Iowa State University Foundation, a lifetime title that indicates he was a university supporter. He had served on the foundation’s development, stewardship and investment committees and was past president of the College of Design’s advancement council, an advisory group.
Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com
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