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HOGG – Dr. David C.

September 5, 1921 – August 9, 2009

Dr. David C. Hogg beloved husband of Jean Hogg, of Boulder, Colorado, passed away on August 9, 2009 at the age of 87 years.

Dr. David C. Hogg was born in Vanguard, Saskatchewan on September 5, 1921. As a young child he moved to North Battleford, SK, growing up a member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in North Battleford, and later St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder, CO.

David received his BSc. (Radio Physics) from University of Western Ontario in 1949. He received his MSc. (Physics) in 1951 and Ph. D. (Physics) in 1953 from McGill University. He joined the Canadian Army in 1940 and took a luxury liner converted to a troop ship to United Kingdom and arrived in Glasgow, Scotland on Christmas day 1940. It was during his five years of service overseas that he learned about a new radar system that influenced his education and career. He met Jean MacMillan (“The prettiest girl at the dance.”) on the outdoor dance floor at Wonderland in London, ON and in 1947 they married.

In 1953, Bell Telephone Laboratories recruited him to Holmdel, New Jersey and he stayed with the company until 1977. During his distinguished career at Bell Laboratories, he was closely associated with the Nobel Prize winning physicists Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson. He was a contributing author for “The Big Bang Theory” (published in 2009) and had more than eighty publications relating to fundamental research in microwaves, radio propagation and attenuation from rainfall, antenna design, optics, satellite communications and remote sensing. Dr. Hogg was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1978 for his work at Bell Labs.

He joined the NOAA Wave Propagation Laboratory (now ESRL/PSD) in 1977 and was chief of the Environmental Radiometry and Radio Meteorology Program Areas (1977-1986). He was instrumental in the design and implementation of Wind Profilers, Radiometric Profilers, and many of their applications to remote sensing of the atmosphere. From 1983 to 1994, David also enjoyed a career as an Adjoint Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

In addition to his membership in the NAE, he was a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, was awarded the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 1984 and received a U. S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal in 1983. He contributed to two NATO Institutes to committees of the U.S Army services and holds numerous patents. He was a member of AAAS and a past United States Chairman of URSI Commission.

David had a lifelong passion for music with many pieces of his classical music published by Voice of the Rockies. He was a vocal composer, as well as a choral, strings and piano composer. He participated in many public performances as a vocalist, pianist and composer. He sang at the 1938 Regina Exhibition, where he composed both music and lyrics. In 1992, David received a composer award from the Colorado Music Educators Association. Recently, David completed a large musical composition to the Canterbury Tales.

Dr. Hogg also had a passion for fishing, a love for his English Springer Spaniel (Brandy) and was an avid golfer, tennis player and ‘Over the Hill Gang’ skier in retirement. With his wife, Jean, David traveled throughout the world, Canada and the United States many times.

Dr. David C. Hogg is survived by his loving wife Jean; children, Randal Hogg of Aurora, Colorado and Rebecca Ferguson and son-in-law Richard Ferguson of DeWinton, Alberta; three grandchildren, Stevie McKinney, Caitlin Ferguson and Ryan Ferguson; sister, Margaret Hierlihy of Picton, Ontario, as well as many nieces and nephews.

David was predeceased by his grandson, David Hogg and daughter-in-law Peggy Hogg.

A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder, Colorado in early October 2009. You may forward condolences through

In living memory of Dr. David Hogg a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. It’s never easy letting go of someone you love and who has meant so much to so many.Rest assured he has left quite the legacy through his outstanding work and more importantly his loving family who will continue to celebrate his life in years to come.

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  2. The first time I met him at a conference, he made me feel like a friend and introduced me to his associates at Bell Labs. I was a young scientist then and he made a impression on me as a great listener and educator. I always envied those who had an opportunity to work with him. He was a great man that will be surely missed by all that new him. I send my regards to his family.

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  3. I spent the year 1977-1978 at the NOAA Wave Propagation Laboratory, and got to know Dave quite well. Through this interaction, I learned that he was not only a first rate scientist/ engineer, but a first rate person, as well. He will be missed.

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  4. I am writing on behalf of my mother, Elsie Young. My mother, who is 90 years old was lucky enough to make David Hogg’s acquaintance in recent years. As the former post-mistress and long-time resident of Vanguard, Saskatchewan David somehow tracked her down in Calgary. She was visited several times by David when he was visiting his daughter in DeWinton. She enjoyed meeting with him and sharing stories of Vanguard and Saskatchewan in general. He also shared his music with her and mailed her CDs of his compositions. She was very sad to hear of his passing.
    Denise Oman for Elsie Young

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  5. florence and ivan kaminow :


    We send our heartfelt condolences. Dave was a wonderful person and wise engineer.

    Florence and Ivan

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  6. susan church shepley :

    Becca, I was so sorry to find out about your father’s death. I was looking you up on line and came across this website. Your dad sounded like a wonderful, smart and loving father as we both had. My dad died of cancer about 5 years ago and he also worked at bell lebs in n.j. I also remember that we were both adopted which made us have a bond. Remember all of our antics at Stoneleigh sr. year? I remember that you called me last year and I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you. Let’s keep in touch. Sue 1-413-652-8315

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