Texas A&M Mourns Beloved Chemist

Dr. John L. Hogg, professor of chemistry and Thamann 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 arrangements are pending 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.

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.

Hogg wrote nearly 50 research publications in the general areas of physical, organic and biorganic chemistry.

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, the Hogg family has requested that donations be made 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.