By Ken Trainor
No, not that Mr. Rogers, but still a famous one.
The Wright Plus housewalk is a week from Saturday (May 18), which draws architecture buffs from all over the world. But this year's walk may also prove a draw for psychology buffs.
The W.A. Rogers House, 547 N. Euclid Ave., will be on the tour for the first time and whatever its architectural pedigree and charms, it is also the house where Carl Rogers grew up. Rogers is considered a among the most prominent psychologists of the 20th century. He pioneered the "person-centered" approach to understanding personality and human relationships, according to Wikipedia, which had significant influence on both psychotherapy and education. He was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with "national intergroup conflict" in Northern Ireland and South Africa. One study listed him as the sixth most eminent psychologist of the century and as a clinician, he was ranked second (after Sigmund Freud).
Carl Ransom Rogers was born on Jan. 8, 1902 in Oak Park. His father, Walter Rogers, was a civil engineer, and his mother, Julia Cushing, was a devout Pentecostal Christian, according to Wikipedia. He was the fourth of six children.
And next Saturday, you can view the house where he grew up.
Sometimes it seems there's just no end to the number of famous people who came from Oak Park.