BEM Honour for ri Board member
An inspirational lady who has devoted her life to the local community has been awarded the British Empire Medal.
Fay Rogers trained as a doctor and worked as an anaesthetist at Inverclyde Royal.
She also served as a Liberal councillor and was a community councillor in Gourock for many years.
The modest 90-year-old was presented with the award by the Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, at a reception.Â
Dr Rogers, of Preston Place, said: â€œProvost Robert Moran couldnâ€™t have been nicer and put on a reception in the grand corridor. I feel very privileged to get the medal but I donâ€™t understand why I have been given it.
â€œI have never worked for money or medals.â€?
Dr Rogers also championed the cause of women and was an active member of the local Soroptimists organisation.
She said: â€œI have promoted the role of women around the world with the Soroptimists. Women are trusted with running the household and looking after children, so why not with a career? I just wanted women to be recognised for doing a job well.â€?
Former councillor Alan Blair was a friend and colleague with Fay on the council.
He said: â€œFay was a consultant anaesthetist at Inverclyde Royal for many years and served on the council during a period of Liberal control.
â€œShe was very feisty and very bright and would stand up to anybody and always had an interesting point of view.
â€œThis award is very much deserved because she has devoted so many years of her life doing of unpaid community work. It is an award she is entitled to.â€?
Born Fay Quigley, the senior citizen hails from Belville Street in the east end and wanted to become a doctor when she was only three.
She quipped: â€œMy brother had scarlet fever and when a doctor came to the house I asked him to mend my dolly. He said he didnâ€™t treat dollies so I decided that I was going to make all the dollies in Greenock better!â€?
Dr Rogers attended St Laurenceâ€™s Primary and St Columbaâ€™s High School in Peat Road in Greenock.
She went on to study science at Glasgow University, encouraged by her teacher.
After graduating she was â€˜called upâ€™ 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.
She said: â€œI am extremely proud about the award.
â€œI just wanted to do a job that was needed where I live.â€?