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ROGER M. REESE

Born: April 4, 1940
Died: February 1, 2015

Roger M. Reese was born in Santa Monica, California, son of Champ Michael and Dorothy Dawn Rogers Reese. A graduate of Beverly Hills High School, he had had an outstanding high school career as quarterback on the football team and president of the student body.

At Yale Roger was a resident of Silliman where he served on the council and played on the volleyball team. He was a member and, from 1960-1961, President of, Beta Theta Pi. He was captain of the Freshman crew, and earned his major Y on the Varsity crew in 1960 and 1961. Following graduation he returned to southern California and earned his MBA from UCLA.

Thereafter he entered the motion picture business and was involved in producing films for many years. His most successful film was "Billy Jack," an off-beat Western produced in the 1970s. In 1981 he founded a company, Sercom, Inc., which he operated for many years. He also had other independent companies distributing films such as Pegasus and Olympus Entertainment Marketing.

Roger was an active and devoted volunteer with the Boy Scouts to which he gave generously of his time and energy.

Roger kept in contact with his Yale classmate Gary Salenger, who was also a friend from their Beverly Hills High School days. Unfortunately, Gary advised, Roger had a difficult time during the last 10 years of his life, suffering a heart attack and other illnesses and becoming estranged from his wife and family after a contentious divorce. He also sustained financial reverses.

He is survived by four children, their spouses and three grandchildren. His daughter Michelle stuck by him and filmed a short interview with her father in May 2012 in which they discussed current movies and his distaste for 3 D films which required special glasses. It can be found on YouTube at here.

Michelle paid tribute to her father by publishing with her video comments that now serve as a heartfelt epitaph for our classmate:

"Going to the Movies! Dad has made over 60 movies. He fondly remembers making, producing, and distributing films for his independent companies Pegasus, Olympus Entertainment Marketing, and more with his friends at Warner Bros., Fox Studios, Disney, MGM, and more (please, excuse the brevity in history.) He has fond memories to tell of the movies he helped make and distribute, that have heart, with wonderful friends.

'Accomplishments of my dad have been and are not limited to a bachelors degree in economics from Yale and a Masters in Business in Administration from, UCLA. He currently guides Boy Scouts in achieving the Highest Award in Scouting, the Eagle, for their own best interests, which helps our country, government, and job places to have the finest men in key positions, making the world a better place for his being here.

"'Knowing who one's self is, is the whole point,' he tells me on the freeway, when I'm 6. 'Seek truth, know your emotions, play by the numbers, and focus on the beauty.' 'A turtle does not get to the top of a flag pole by itself.' This is a quote mentioned by my Dad, who read it in a Scouting novel given him when his dear friend, Bong Soo Han, passed away.

"For the US of A and everyone who loves him, here is an old Welsh saying: 'May the wind be forever at your back, may the ground rise up to meet you your feet, and may you walk in the house of the Lord forever.' ---Daddums (Christmas Eve 2013, Taix) Thank you, for your time and consideration. Loyally, 'Noble Daughter' Michelle Reese."

A memorial service was held for Roger Reese at Our Lady of Lorreto Catholic Church on February 9, 2015, in Los Angeles.




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