LV loses longtime administrator

Herbert W. Hogan, respected member of the La Verne community and long time University administrator, died July 2 at the Hillcrest Nursing Center following a lengthy illness. He was 84.

Dr. Hogan was born in 1921 in China and lived there until the age of 3 when he came to the United States.

He attended San Diego State College for two years prior to transferring to La Verne College in 1942 as an undergraduate student.

Dr. Hogan received his bachelor’s degree in 1944. In 1948 Hogan earned a master’s degree, and in 1956 earned a doctorate in history, both from Claremont Graduate School.

Shortly after earning his bachelor’s degree, he joined the faculty at the University of La Verne as a history professor.

“As a professor, Dr. Hogan cared a lot for students,” said Zoila Garcia, Dr. Hogan’s secretary of 25 years.

“Every semester he would make notes next to the new student’s names to memorize their names quickly,” Garcia said.

Dr. Hogan also served ULV in many other ways, including dean from 1962 to 1966, vice-president from 1966 to 1972 and various times as department head, division head, counselor and committee chair.

Dr. Hogan retired from the University in 1991 but continued to teach part-time in the history and political science department.

Dr. Hogan served an essential role in the development of the University throughout the years.

“If you can think of anyone that embodied the very nature of this institution it was him,” said Gary Colby, professor of photography at ULV and longtime friend of Dr. Hogan.

Dr. Hogan was also a respected lecturer and author. In 1965 he was a Fulbright Lecturer in Germany.

Hogan updated Gladdys Muir’s book, “La Verne College: Seventy-Five Years of Service” for the University’s 1991 centennial.

In 2001 he published “Years of Renewal and Growth, University of La Verne 1985-2000: The First Fifteen Years of the Presidency of Stephen Morgan.”

“Herb represented a link between La Verne’s past, present and future,” said Stephen Sayles, professor of history.

Dr. Hogan was an active member of the La Verne community. He was active in the Church of Brethren, belonged to the Pomona chapter of Kiwanis International and he was a member of the Bonita Unified School Board for 15 years.

Dr. Hogan also established the Herbert and Janice Hogan Scholarship Fund at the University.

Dr. Hogan is survived by his wife Janice Broadway Hogan of La Verne, his son Ronald Hogan and daughter-in-law Linda of Seattle, stepson Thomas Hitchcock and daughter-in-law Rose of Watsonville, stepdaughter Marianne Hitchcock Donadee of Northridge; sisters Leonore Lyons of Santa Barbara and Jean Dudley of Morro Bay, and four grandchildren – Jason Hogan, Cristin Hitchcock La Framboise, Galen Hitchcock Malcolm and Jessica Hitchcock.

A memorial service was held July 23 at the Church of Brethren in La Verne.

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