John Carr (Jack) Rogers, 72, a local artist who was reinstated in his job as an illustrator for the Internal Revenue Service after he was suspended in 1954 for alleged Communist associations, died of a heart attack Dec. 22 at his home in Alexandria.
Mr. Rogers, who was born in Alexandria, graduated from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington and later taught there.
Also a writer and poet, he took part in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Projects Administration in the 1930s as a member of the Federal Writers Project.
After serving in the Army in World War II, Mr. Rogers became an illustrator of income tax booklets for the old Bureau of Internal Revenue, a predecessor of the IRS.
In 1954, he was suspended from his GS-5 job with the IRS as a security risk. Five months later, while the Treasury Department was considering his protest against the charges, Mr. Rogers resigned in an attempt to obtain $144 from his retirement fund.
He told The Washington Post in 1959 that he was desperate for money because he then had a year-old child and another baby was on the way. Since his suspension, he said, he had been unable to get a job or borrow money because "few people cared to come to the assistance of a 'security risk'" in those days.
In 1959, a District Court judge restored Mr. Rogers to his old government job after ruling that his resignation was induced by "economic coercion." Mr. Rogers then was entitled to the difference between the pay he would have drawn and his earnings as a free-lance illustrator for the intervening four years. He retired from the IRS in 1974.
Mr. Rogers was proficient as an artist in several mediums.His work has appeared in the old Washington Daily News and in the "Foolkiller," a publication of the Mountain View Folk University Society in Kansas City, Mo. His work also was shown in local exhibits and elsewhere around the country, including shows at Corcoran Gallery here.
His short stories written in the 1930s, were included in a 1973 anthology of 1930's writers, "Writers in Revolt," edited by Jack Conroy and Curt Johnson.
Mr. Rogers wife, the former Margaret Lott, also an artist, died in 1959.
Survivors include a daughter, Robin Elaine, of Blacksburg, Va., and a son, Jefferson Agnew Rogers, of Alexandria.