Iowa State University budget analyst dies in car accident

Kaitlin York

Amy Rogers, budget analyst for the graduate college, died in a car accident Thursday.

Rogers was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Jeffrey Michael Clendenen, 42, of Ames.

Clendenen and Rogers were driving northbound on 500th Avenue when Clendenen failed to stop at a stop sign. Another vehicle, driven by Richard Keith Diltz, 62 of Madrid, struck Clendenen’s Ford F250 on the passenger side while heading westbound on 270th.

The driver of the vehicle that hit them was transported by lifeflight to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines and was injured, according to the crash reports from Iowa State Patrol. A seatbelt was worn at the time of the accident.

Rogers and Clendenen were ground transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center. Clendenen was injured. Seatbelts for both passengers were worn.

Roger’s job at the university included managing and providing fiscal support to the deans of the graduate college. She provided oversight of the Professional Advancement Grants and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate.

Rogers was also the wife to Marc Rogers, assistant hockey coach.

“Amy was a very warm, fun, loving person and a mother to two children who she was very dedicated to,” said William Graves, associate dean of the graduate college. “She was respectful and quiet, yet very outgoing.”

The graduate college’s staff is shocked at the loss of its co-worker, Graves said.

“Everyone is dealing with her loss in their own ways. Some of the staff have decided to work from home and some have [taken] vacation time off,” Graves said.