Roger Nelson Pajari
1-1-1941 to 7-28-2019

Roger Nelson Pajari entered the arms of our savior on July 28, 2019. Born January 1, 1941, he grew up on a dairy farm close to Cook, Minnesota and about 100 miles south of the Canadian border.  He raised chickens as a 4-H project and cut trees to help earn extra money.  His brother Rowen, deceased for 8 years, was his closest friend whom he dearly loved.  He also had a sister Muriel Engelun who passed away several years ago.

His Aunt Aggie purchased a plane ticket to Los Angeles where Roger attended his first two years of college at Pepperdine University.  He came back to Minnesota and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota.  One of his part time jobs was washing dishes at the International House Club.  One day he was working and heard some amazing music.  Susan, who would be his wife for almost 53 years, was playing “Hungarian Rhapsody #2 by Franz Liszt.  Susan and Roger married on July 30, 1966. 

Roger taught for a total of 3 years as a high school teacher in Barron, Wisconsin with Susan joining him as his wife for the last year.  He decided to take a year off to work on his Master’s Degree  He applied for financial aid and much to his amazement, he  received a three year NDEA fellowship to complete his doctorate which he received in March 1973. His oldest daughter Karla Pajari Walter was born in Knoxville and his other daughter Lisa Pajari Williams was born a few years later in Statesboro.   He received a position at Georgia Southern where he remained on the staff for 28 years eventually becoming a full professor and the editor of a scholarly journal, The Southeastern Political Review.  Health issues resulted in Roger’s retiring at age 58.  A few later Susan and Roger moved to Loganville, GA. 

During retirement, Roger has played golf, started a book club, sung in the church choir at Snellville United Methodist Church, attended the Aurora Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, played bridge and had  regular lunches with his male friends.

He is survived by his wife Susan Pajari, daughters Karla Pajari Walter (Hans Walter) and  Lisa Pajari Williams (Clint Williams) and grandchildren Kaitlin Picken, Ava Picken, Dylan Williams and Aidan Williams.


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