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Gold-headed cane

The Tarrant County Medical Society honors Dr. Tom Rogers Jr. ’57 with the 2006 Gold-Headed Cane Award.

Gold-headed cane

The Tarrant County Medical Society honors Dr. Tom Rogers Jr. ’57 with the 2006 Gold-Headed Cane Award.

Dr. Tom Rogers Jr. ’57 received the ultimate honor this year from his peers when the Tarrant County Medical Society awarded him with the 2006 Gold-Headed Cane Award for physician excellence.

“For a physician, it’s the top award you can get,” said the Fort Worth pediatrician. “It’s like Andre Agassi said, there’s nothing like getting an award from your peers.”

Rogers sports two canes this year, as he also received one from the Cook Children’s Physician Network with the distinguished Physician Award.

The award is based on a secret ballot without campaign or nomination for the physician who symbolizes the pursuit of scientific excellence and integrity. It was first awarded in London in 1689 to the outstanding practitioner of the time and is also known as the “Doctor’s Doctor” award.

Rogers passed the pediatrician gene to his son Jeff ’00 and wife Audrey, with whom he practices, and his daughter Kelly Rogers Showalter ’84, a doctor in Boise, Idaho. Rogers is a faithful Frogs sports fan and in 1999 was inducted into TCU’s Letterman’s Hall of Fame for his time spent behind the mound as a shortstop. He and wife Joan ’58, who worked in TCU’s admissions office for 16 years, live in Fort Worth.