Former US ambassador to France dies in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Joe M. Rodgers, U.S. Ambassador to France from 1985 to 1989 and one-time head of an international construction company, had died in Nashville. He was 75.

Rogers died at his home Monday after battling cancer.

Rodgers was long active in Republican politics, especially fundraising. He raised funds for Fred Thompson's brief presidential campaign in 2008.

Rodgers was national finance chairman for Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign. He was finance chairman of the Republican National Committee for three years beginning in 1979.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 38855052 -
Gray Television, Inc.