Laurie David Rogoway (b. 1944)

Laurie David Rogoway was born on February 22, 1944 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, where she was raised and educated. She moved to Portland, Oregon upon marrying her husband Burt Rogoway in 1964 and raised her family in Southwest Portland.

Laurie and Burt originally lived in Southeast Portland, nearer to relatives. They adopted their first daughter, Susanne [Wendrow] in 1966 and had two more children, Allen (1968) and Edie [Van Ness] (1971) after that. The young family moved from Southeast Portland to the west side to be closer to the synagogue and preschool at Congregation Neveh Shalom.

Laurie’s career grew from her commitment to the Jewish community. She worked actively with the National Council of Jewish Women, Portland Section as part of the movement to get Soviet Jews out of Communist Russia and resettle them in Portland. She then began working for the American Jewish Committee. She was with that agency when they established the Maurice Sussman award for community service. From her work with AJC, Laurie was recruited to work with the Jewish Federation, where she remained for the next 30 years of her career. During that time she filled many roles for the Federation, beginning in fund raising, and retiring as executive vice president. Her work with Federation brought her to many countries in eastern Europe, Africa, and Israel, where she saw first-hand what funds raised by Jews in the United States were being used for. She retired from Federation in 2014 and found more time to spend traveling and with grandchildren.