Roger went through grade school and high school in Missoula where his father was dean of the UM Business School. Roger worked with the U.S. Forest Service through his college summers. He is married to Libby. They have three grown children (two in Missoula and one in California) and have four grandchildren. Libby and Roger relocated from Canada to Flathead Lake in 2009 (where the family has had property since 1960).
Roger and Libby moved to Edmonton, AB, Canada, and the University of Alberta in 1969 after Roger completed his MA and PhD studies in economics at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. He served as Professor, Dean of the Business School, Vice President (Academic), and Vice President (Research) during his career at the University of Alberta. Roger was with the IMF in Washington, D.C. (1972-74), and consulted for the World Bank, USAID, OECD, and Canadian governments.
He was at Erasmus University in the Netherlands in 1983-84 and two years with Harvard’s International Tax Program in Cambridge, MA in 1977-78 & 1995-96.
Roger chaired the board of the Alberta Capital Region United Way, and the board of a leading private foundation in Edmonton. He has served as chair and a board member of academic, research, conservation and arts organizations. Currently he is on the board of the Polson Loaves and Fish Pantry.