James E. Rogers name is blazed on the University of Arizona Law School, but his reach at his alma mater extended far beyond the law books and theories that guided his adult life.

In 2007, Rogers, who died Saturday at the age of 75, gave the UA School of Music $1.7 million to boost its conducting program.

The donation, which was to be doled out over 10 years, helped the School of Music create an extensive graduate conducting program that went beyond teaching the musical aspects of leading an orchestra. A limited number of conducting fellows also were  armed with the business tools of the job, including public speaking, publicity and orchestral management.

Among the participants is Keitaro Harada, who has guest-conducted with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and is associate conductor of the Arizona Opera. Harada was recently named associate conductor for the Richmond Symphony.