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Roger Moore Crosby II MBA ’67, a long-time resident of Santa Rosa, died on March 28, 2010 after a sudden and brief illness, at the age of 81. Roger was born Dec. 20, 1928 in Denver, Colo., to Roger M. Crosby and Mildred Crispell Crosby, and raised in Boulder and Denver, where he met his future wife Colette Combs in a 9th-grade algebra class as a consequence of the alphabet. He and Colette were wed at the National Episcopal Cathedral, St. Mary’s Chapel, in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 26, 1950. They resided in Raleigh, N.C. while Roger completed his studies at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Engineering with a degree in textile chemistry and dyeing. He graduated with a Distinguished Military Student award. Roger served in Korea and Japan from 1952-1954 in the U.S. Army 802nd engineer aviation battalion attached to the U.S. Army Reserve. He then served an additional eight years in the reserves with the rank of captain; during this time and for 13 more years the couple lived on the San Francisco peninsula, where Roger was an active member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Mountain View, served on the nearby Whisman district school board, and obtained his MBA degree from the University of Santa Clara. Roger was employed by Chem-Pure Service company, Fairchild Semiconductor, Information Storage Systems, and for a long time by Hewlett-Packard, which transferred him to Santa Rosa in 1975. His service at HP included personnel officer at the Tech Center, picnic chairman and United Way campaign chairman for five years running, and publicity chairman for the entire division. Roger was a Work Experience instructor at Santa Rosa junior college for 20 years, a licensed instructor for Kepner-Tregoe Inc in Problem-solving and Decision-making, and was active at the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa. He is survived by his high-school sweetheart and wife of 60 years Colette C. Crosby; his daughter JoAnne Crosby Pennello; and his grandson Christopher Pennello.