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Inspirational Community Representative Celebrates Stepping Down From Riverside Inverclyde Board

Above: Board Directors and staff, along with Inverclyde Council officers, show their appreciation of Dr Rogers dedication

Long-term Riverside Inverclyde (Ri) Board Member, Dr Euphemia Rogers BEM, has celebrated stepping down from the Ri Board of Directors.

Dr Rogers, better known as Fay, trained as a doctor and was an anaesthetist at Inverclyde Royal and joined the Ri board upon inception in 2006.  Fay had previously served as a Liberal councillor and a Gourock community councillor.

The inspirational community devotee was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2016 as recognition of her dedication to Inverclyde.

Dr Rogers said:

“It has been a pleasure to be a member of the Ri Board and watching the many regeneration projects first-hand over the past 12 years. 

“Inverclyde has made some great strides, and I think the best is yet to come. I wish the Ri Board and the team continued success and thank them for their kind send-off.”     


Above: Dr Rogers gives a speech reflecting on her time with Riverside Inverclyde

Dr Gerry McCarthy, Ri Chair said:

“Fay has been an integral part of the Ri Board and a larger than life character throughout my time as Chair of the organisation.

“The Community role has been a critical one for Ri and one which Fay has expertly represented to ensure the many regeneration projects have been right for our communities throughout Inverclyde.

“Fay will be a tough task to follow, and all of the Ri Board and team members thank her for her dedication and wish her continued good health.”

The modest 93-year-old has long championed the cause of women and was an active member of the local Soroptimists organisation, and is a forerunner for today’s generation seeking equality between the sexes.

Above: Dr Rogers receives gifts and flowers from Dr Gerry McCarthy (Ri Chair) and Rachel Burns (Ri Administration Officer)

Born Euphemia Quigley, the senior-citizen hailed from Belville Street in the east end of Greenock and wanted to become a doctor when she was only three.

Dr Rogers attended St Laurence's Primary and St Columba's High School in Peat Road in Greenock. She went on to study science at Glasgow University, encouraged by her teacher.

After graduating, Fay was 'called up' to work in a patent office in London but never gave up her dream of becoming a doctor.  Four years later she returned home and started a degree in medicine back at Glasgow.

After graduating she spent her career in Inverclyde and married her beloved late husband Andrew, a sailor, in 1956 and the couple moved to Gourock three years later.

By ways of thanks, Riverside Inverclyde Board Directors and staff, along with Inverclyde Council officers, hosted a tea party to show their appreciation of Fay’s dedication to regeneration across Inverclyde.

Published: 14 December 2018