CLASS OF 1965
Roger Stubbe is a 1965 graduate of Rice Avenue Union High School. He is the son of Myron and Esther Stubbe and has two older brothers, Ron and Larry, who are also graduates of RAUHS. He met and married his college sweetheart June (Greenawalt) Stubbe in 1973 and they recently celebrated their 42nd anniversary. They have two adult children, Erin and Patrick, graduates of the University of South Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University. They have five grandchildren.
Roger was a three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball in high school. He was named to All County teams in basketball his senior year and baseball his sophomore, junior, and senior years. After being named as the County MVP in the annual City-County Senior All Star basketball game at Gannon Auditorium, Erie Times columnist Doug Smith called him "the best possible advertisement for the small man in basketball." He also helped the Girard baseball team win its 6th county championship in ten years under coach Jim Sisson. Being named senior athlete of the year capped a very rewarding high school athletic career.
In 1966, Roger was drafted into the United States Army during the nation's escalating involvement in southeast Asia. He served a 13-month tour of duty in the Republic of South Korea as a armorer, weapon's specialist, and supply sergeant. He achieved a rank of sergeant E-5 in just over one year. A letter of appreciation from his commanding officer said "rarely have I seen a soldier with such a complete dedication to perfection and military professionalism in the finest sense of the word."
Upon completion of his military service, Roger was offered an athletic scholarship at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania to play baseball for the Fighting Scots. He went on to be named 1st team All District four consecutive seasons and 1st team All PSAC for 3 consecutive seasons, helping guide them to their first ever PSAC championship. In addition to being named to the 1973 edition of "Outstanding Athletes of America" he was also inducted into Edinboro University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2006 Roger was selected for the university's All Time Baseball Team. He earned both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in elementary education.
Roger taught and coached in the Fort LeBoeuf school system for 11 years. He was an assistant basketball coach from 1974-1977 and head baseball coach from 1982-1985 before moving his family to Naples, Florida in 1985. From 2002-2008 Roger served as a high school basketball referee and baseball umpire for the Florida High School Athletic Association instead of continuing his coaching career. He was named "Teacher of the Year" at Pine Ridge Middle School in 1993 and was also named to "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" in 2004. After teaching in Florida for 27 years, Roger retired from teaching in 2012 after 38 years and is currently enjoying retirement along with his wife June, also a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.