Remembering Tom Rodgers

Founder of Gathering 4 Gardner

Gathering 4 Gardner (G4G) was envisioned by Thomas M. Rodgers to bring together magicians, mathematicians, skeptics, philosophers, puzzle enthusiasts, and the general public, all united by a shared enthusiasm for the work of Martin Gardner.

Martin Gardner’s influence was so broad that a large percentage of his fans had only infrequent contact with each other. Tom Rodgers conceived the idea of hosting a weekend gathering in honor of Gardner to bring some of these people together.

In 2012, Tom Rodgers passed away just after the G4G10 conference. His dedication to Gathering 4 Gardner and promoting Martin Gardner’s legacy will be greatly missed.

MAA – Article About Tom Rodgers

Tributes to Tom Rodgers – by Kate Jones

This polymath/puzzler sublime

Organized G4G’s lasting through time.

Meetings of wonderful minds,


Rarest from fields of all kinds —

Overachievers’ directive is prime.

Daring, dramatic, eccentric and kind,

Generous genius, with a steel trap mind,

Ever a strong inspiration,

Reaching the best in each nation,

So Thomas, like Martin, left us treasures to find.


– Kate Jones

Letter from the Rodgers Family

Thomas Malin Rodgers, Jr (1943 – 2012)

Dearest Friends and Family,


Tuesday 10 April 2012 at 6:12pm ET, Thomas Malin Rodgers Jr. passed away after a valiant struggle with cancer. He fought like a bear till the very end. We, the family, would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and help during his last days.


Per Tom’s request there will be no funeral service or burial. He is to be cremated with his ashes distributed amongst his family. Please feel free to celebrate Tom’s life in your own way as no formal event will occur.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Tom’s passion, The Gathering 4 Gardner foundation. Please send checks payable to Gathering 4 Gardner, Inc to the address below.


The Gathering 4 Gardner, Inc
Attn: Tom Rodgers Memoriam
2885 Sanford Ave SW #39552
Grandville, MI 49418


Please forward this message along as you see fit. Tom had a diversity of friends and interests. If we missed someone, we apologize.


Thank You,
The Rodgers Family

Photos below provided by Peter Knoppers:

Taken in Tom’s Backyard
Photo provided by Marti Reis
Tom Rodgers & Martin Gardner - Photographer Unknown
Tom Rodgers - Harry Eng Impossible Bottle
Tom Rodgers in his home holding his Harry Eng Impossible Bottle - Photo by Victoria Skye

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