CRIMSON blood

<strong>Cook family makes long-lasting giving a priority </strong> If you had to measure the success of the Cook family, you wouldn’t measure it just by their professional and family achievements, but also by the gifts of time and donations they dedicate to the communities and organizations they appreciate, including New Mexico State University.</p>

The Floyd-Rogers family has eight generations of Aggies between them

The blood in the Floyd-Rogers family definitely runs Aggie crimson. On the Floyd side, five generations have attended or are attending New Mexico State University, while the

Rogers side claims three generations of Aggies. The connective tissue between both families is Siiri Rogers, who graduated from NMSU in 1987 and works at the university as director of Student Information Management. Of Rogers’ four daughters, two – Mary and Michelle – are recent graduates, and her other two – Melissa and Megan – are currently attending NMSU.

It all started with Rogers’ great-grandmother, Isabella McClernon, who studied general science at NMSU in 1923. Four years later, Rogers’ grandmother, Mary Edith Floyd, received a B.S. in science, while her grandfather, Richard Floyd, received his B.S. in agriculture in 1931.

Rogers’ father, two uncles and one aunt all graduated from NMSU between 1952 and 1956.

“Both of my husband’s parents graduated from NMSU, and he attended for a while, too,” Rogers says. “His mom belonged to Zeta Tau Alpha, the same sorority as my girls, so that was kind of a neat connection.”

The Floyd side of the family also made a major contribution to Aggie pride, according to Rogers’ father, Dick Floyd.

“My uncle was an engineering student and he was part of the crew of engineers that went to the top of Goddard Hall and they straightened the A on A Mountain,” Floyd says. “Every time I look at ‘A’ Mountain, I think of my Uncle Kenneth.”

-Janet Perez

 

Top: Several generations of the Floyd-Rogers family gathered for a photo recently at Dove Hall on the Las Cruces campus. They are Dick Floyd and Siri Rogers, seated, and Megan Rogers, Mary Rogers Holcomb, Michelle Rogers and Melissa Rogers, standing from left to right.
Bottom right: A historic photo of the Floyd family includes Siiri Rogers’ grandparents, Richard Thomas and Mary Edith Floyd, center, along with her father, Dick Floyd, at right, and his siblings, Charles and Stewart Floyd, at left, and Gretchen Floyd, seated beside him.