Inducted on August 2, 2003
Edmund Law Rogers Jr. was born July 1, 1850, in Baltimore, Maryland to a prominent Maryland family. The family estate, Druid Hill, today is one of the largest city parks in North America. Rogers prepared for college at the James Kinnier Academy in Baltimore, where Founder Frank Courtney Nicodemus was one of his classmates. Brother Rogers was the second Grand Master of the Zeta Chapter at the University of Virginia. Founder Rogers resided off Grounds at the Social Hall with Founder Boyd.
Rogers studied architecture and also developed an interest in acting. His graphic talent is apparent in the Badge of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, which Rogers designed.
Eventually, his interest in acting turned into a career in the theater in 1880. He was a successful actor, known under his stage name as Leslie Edmunds, and appeared in dramas such as The Octoroon. Brother Rogers was a popular lead and supporting actor for the productions of the time. Brother Rogers joined the Chapter Celestial on December 19, 1893. He was buried in Baltimore, Maryland in the Buchanan and Rogers Burial Ground in Druid Hill.