Roger Allen Hart, 70, of Seal Rock Oregon died Sunday February 27, 2011 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He worked at Greenleaf in 1957 & 1958.

He was born Sept. 16, 1940, in Lynn, Mass., and attended Yale University and Tufts University, where he pursued his interests in geology and geophysics, as well as cross country running and climbing every peak in the region. Fueled by his passion for mountain climbing, Roger worked as a geophysicist in the rainforests of Ecuador and Brazil, had a glacier named after him in Antarctica, and, as a member of the first American team to climb on Mount Everest without oxygen, was documented in the books “Four Against Everest” and “The Phaselock Code: Through Time, Death, and Reality, the Metaphysical Adventures of the Man Who Fell Off Everest.”

Roger is survived by his ex-wife, Maggie McCaffrey; their four sons, Brendan, Ian, Kieran and Taran; and three grandchildren.

Private family services will be held. Roger was grateful for his many friends in Corvallis and the surrounding area and would wish them all the best.


  1. Larry Manch on February 23, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Very sorry to hear that Mr. Hart passed away in 2011. I found this blog while researching a chapter for my new book. I wrote a chapter on ‘Four Against Everest’ including mention of Mr. Hart and his part in that adventure. RIP Mr. Hart. Larry Manch

  2. maarten de wit on July 21, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    I am devastated to learn Roger Hart has passed away. Its 6.5 years ago. I was planning to look him up later this year, after 30 years, and tried to trace him online today – only to find this news. He was a great person, and one of the most creative, clever and enthusiastic scientist I ever had the opportunity to work with. In the early 1980s we roamed around the Barberton Greenstone belt in South Africa – he taught me a lot, and I have never forgotten those field trips. In 1982 I visited him and two of his sons in Oregon – but we never met again. A true socialist – a conscious human – with a heart of gold. I miss him. I hope his sons and grandchildren will carry his flame forward.

  3. Jaime Ann Carleton on April 9, 2024 at 2:53 pm

    He was an amazing man and the love of my life. I miss him.

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