Dr. Roger Pierce Kellogg, 94, of Rockport, passed away peacefully at his home Monday, March 7, 2016, with his wife of 71 years by his side. He was the beloved husband of his high school sweetheart Norma (Fitts) Kellogg.
He was born Sept. 30, 1921, in Northampton, to Henry Clifton and Carrie (Pierce) Kellogg. Roger graduated from Northampton High School in 1939 and from Williston Academy in 1940. He received his bachlor’s degree from Wesleyan University Phi Beta Kappa. His membership in the Sigma Nu Fraternity was a source of pleasure and pride for him all his life. Roger went on to study dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania where he obtained his degree in 1952.
Roger enlisted and served his country honorably in World War II, serving in the 15th Airforce as a First Lieutenant and Navigator in the B24 Liberator of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He proudly completed 49 missions serving as lead navigator on 32. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, four Campaign Ribbons, five Air Medals and three Presidential Unit Citations.
After completing his education he returned to Northampton and joined his father’s dental
practice where he pursued his profession for the next 35 years.
He was an enthusiastic storyteller of his World War II experiences. He had a lifelong interest in architecture and history. He loved music and he and Norma spent many happy hours listening to jazz and big bands in the company of their special friends, Dan and Dossie and Rich and Sandy.
Roger is survived by his loving wife Norma (Fitts) Kellogg; four daughters, Kathryn and Nicholas Flynn of Northampton, Cynthia Kellogg and Donna Marie Robinson of Encinitas, California, Amy and Leo Chausse of Canton, and Elizabeth and Raymond Derouin of Enfield, Connecticut. He also leaves his seven cherished grandchildren, Regan and Caitlin Flynn, Justin and Elizabeth Chausse and Colin (Annie), Tyler and Kyle Derouin. He was predeceased by his beloved son, H. Clifton Kellogg II in 1967 and his half-brother Henry Halstead Kellogg in 1986.