William Dill Rogers
Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs
In office
October 7, 1974 – June 18, 1976
Preceded byJack B. Kubisch
Succeeded byHarry W. Shlaudeman
Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs
In office
June 18, 1976 – December 31, 1976
Preceded byCharles W. Robinson
Succeeded byRichard N. Cooper
Personal details
Born(1927-05-12)May 12, 1927
Wilmington, Delaware
DiedSeptember 22, 2007(2007-09-22) (aged 80)
Upperville, Virginia
NationalityUnited States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Suzanne Rochford "Suki" Rogers
ChildrenDr. William D. Rogers Jr.
Daniel R. Rogers
Alma materPrinceton University
Yale Law School

William Dill Rogers (May 12, 1927 in Wilmington, Delaware – September 22, 2007 in Upperville, Virginia) was an American lawyer.[1] He served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (October 1974 – June 1976) and Undersecretary of State for Economic Affairs (June 1976–January 1977) under then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the administration of President Gerald Ford. He was amongst the founding members in 1982, and from 2004 until his death was vice chairman, of Kissinger's consulting firm Kissinger Associates.[2]

In the 1950s, Rogers joined the law firm of Arnold, Fortas, & Porter (now Arnold & Porter) and was involved in the successful legal defense of Owen Lattimore, the scholar of East Asia accused of being a key Soviet spy.[3][4]


Rogers was no relation to President Richard M. Nixon's Secretary of State William P. Rogers.[2]

Rogers majored in international affairs at Princeton University and graduated from Yale Law School in 1951.[2]

Rogers was survived by his wife of 56 years, Suzanne Rochford "Suki" Rogers, two sons, Dr. William D. Rogers Jr. and Daniel R. Rogers, a sister, and four grandchildren.[2]

Selected publications


  1. ^ "ROGERS, WILLIAM DILL". Who's Who in America 20O4. Vol. 2 (L-Z) (58th ed.). New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who. 2003. p. 4390. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via Internet Archive.
  2. ^ a b c d Bernstein, Adam (September 27, 2007). "William D. Rogers, 80; Adviser to Kissinger". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-04-19.
  3. ^ Newman, Robert P. (1992). Owen Lattimore and the "Loss" of China. Berkeley: University of California Press – via UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004.
  4. ^ See 2006 Martindale Hubbell International Law Directory. Vol. II, North America, The Caribbean, Central America, South America. New Providence, NJ: LexisNexis. 2006. p. NA633B.


Government offices Preceded byJack B. Kubisch Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs October 7, 1974 – June 18, 1976 Succeeded byHarry W. Shlaudeman Preceded byCharles W. Robinson Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs June 18, 1976 – December 31, 1976 Succeeded byRichard N. Cooper