“The Rogers Foundation’s gift to create the Ted Rogers Centre was transformational,” says Trevor Young, Dean of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. “It catalyzed a tremendous surge of discovery—uncovering key genetic causes of heart failure, inventing new ways to repair injured hearts, and improving patient outcomes in multiple areas. We’re forever grateful for Loretta’s leadership in bringing the Rogers Foundation’s visionary support to fruition. Her vision, drive and determination accelerated our ambitious effort to transform the future of heart health for children, adults and families through research, education, and clinical care.”
In 2000, Loretta and Ted made philanthropic history with their $25-million gift to the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. This gift endowed two research chairs—the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Chair in Engineering and the Velma M. Rogers Graham Chair in Engineering—as well as graduate and undergraduate scholarships, which, to date, have supported almost 2,400 students. In recognition of this gift, the Faculty named The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering in honour of Ted Rogers’ father, who was a student in the department from 1919 to 1921.
“With Loretta’s passing, the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has not only lost a generous champion but also a cherished friend,” says Dean Christopher Yip. “She and Ted were deeply connected to U of T Engineering, and were tremendously important in helping us become Canada’s top-ranked engineering school and one of the best in the world. They always inspired us to reach higher.”