Dr. John L. Hogg, professor of chemistry and Thaman Professor of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University, died Saturday (January 19) of suspected heart complications, according to his family. He was 59.
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday (January 22) at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station for the beloved chemist and teacher, who came to Texas A&M in 1975 as an assistant professor of chemistry and served since 1985 as the chief advisor for undergraduate chemistry majors at Texas A&M. Hogg was renowned by both colleagues and students for his comprehensive knowledge of chemistry, his ability to generate enthusiasm for the subject in his students, and his commitment to promoting its genuine understanding.
“Dr. Hogg was the standard of excellence for advising, teaching and student affairs at Texas A&M University,” said Dr. Timothy P. Scott, associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Science. “He was a tireless student advocate with impeccable standards. Dr. Hogg knew no ‘former’ students. Once he advised you, he kept up with you and yours from then on. His concern for students didn’t stop at academics, but was also concerned with personal well being and job placement. He served as a friend and mentor to me for 20 years. His presence in chemistry, the college and the university will be missed for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Janet and his two children.”
A decorated instructor, Hogg received many teaching awards, including the coveted Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence Award in 2007, which represents the highest honor bestowed by Texas A&M for educational excellence in the classroom. He earned equally prestigious recognition on four separate occasions from The Association of Former Students, including two university-level awards for outstanding teaching (2005 and 1982), a college-level award for outstanding teaching (2002) and a university-level award for outstanding student relationships (1989). In addition, Hogg was one of the initial four faculty members at Texas A&M to earn the title of University Professor of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence in 1996.
In 2004 Hogg was honored by the Texas A&M University Advisors and Counselors Organization with the Mervin and Annette Peters Advising Award, which annually recognizes the university’s most outstanding faculty advisor.
“I’ve known John Hogg for more than 30 years, and his contributions to Texas A&M University and the Department of Chemistry in the areas of teaching and advising were beyond outstanding,” said Dr. Michael P. Rosynek, professor of chemistry and associate department head. “He’s won most of the university’s top teaching awards — multiple times in some instances, which is unprecedented as far as I know in the university and certainly in chemistry. Essentially every chemistry major at Texas A&M for the last 25 years has consulted with him about everything from course options to future plans.
“He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and the students, who were devoted to him. His shoes will be about the most difficult I can think of to fill in our department.”
Beyond his excellence in the traditional classroom, Hogg also was the driving force behind Texas A&M’s popular Chemistry Road Show, an educational outreach program he created in 1985 that currently introduces an estimated average of 2,000 people to the wonders of chemistry each year with the help of fire, explosions, weird polymers and super cold materials.
“Dr Hogg established the Chemistry Road Show program in the mid-1980s, doing everything from the performances to the fundraising,” Rosynek said. “He created what can only be described as a phenomenal outreach effort for our department. He’s the reason teachers and students throughout Texas know our name.”
Hogg wrote nearly 50 research publications in the general areas of physical, organic and biorganic chemistry. He is co-author of the popular textbook The World of Chemistry: Essentials, now in its fourth edition and celebrated for its effectiveness in presenting chemistry in terms that are understandable to the non-science major. In addition, he has written a monthly newsletter, Orbitals: What’s Happening in Chemistry Circles, for undergraduate chemistry majors at Texas A&M since 1985.
A native of Granite, Okla., Hogg received his bachelor’s of science degree in chemistry in 1970 from Southwestern State College in Oklahoma and his Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of Kansas.
Hogg is survived by his wife, Janet, of College Station; a daughter, Krista, of Dallas; and a son, Ryan, of New York City.
In lieu of flowers or other offerings, memorials may be made to the Brazos Animal Shelter, 2207 Finfeather Rd., Bryan, Texas 77801 or to the John L. Hogg Memorial Endowed Scholarship to support students pursuing degrees in chemistry in care of the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840-2811. Cards, letters and other written forms of condolences also may be addressed to the John L. Hogg Family in care of the Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-3255.
Memorial condolences also may be sent electronically to email@example.com and viewed online at http://www.chem.tamu.edu/hoggmemories.
Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Michael P. Rosynek, (979) 845-2233 or email@example.com