David Ralph Hogin

May 5, 1923 - May 25, 2012
David Ralph Hogin

David R. Hogin, Sr., passed away peacefully May 25, 2012 at the New Hanover Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was 89 years of age.

David was born in Topeka, Kansas on May 5th, 1923 to Ralph McClellan Hogin and Loretta (nee Murphy) Hogin. He grew up in River Forest, Illinois with his parents and his brother Phillip. His father worked for the Santa Fe Railroad, ultimately serving as the Controller.

The family later moved to Scarsdale, New York, where David attended Scarsdale High School. He was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He excelled in high school, and graduated as the Salutatorian of his class in 1942. He then enrolled at Cornell University to pursue a five-year degree in Chemical Engineering.

In 1943, David enlisted in the U.S. Navy’s V-12 program. Under this program, he spent two more years at Cornell before going on active duty in 1945. David then deployed on the USS Turner in the Pacific Ocean during the last months of World War II. He was steaming towards Japan in August of 1945 when Japan surrendered. David was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant JG. He then returned to Cornell and received his degree in Chemical Engineering. He excelled in the program, and was invited to join the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society.

David began his career as a chemical engineer with Esso in 1950. He holds multiple US Patents including an apparatus for handling finely divided solid materials (1953) and another for a domestic heating device (1961.) He continued to work for Esso, later renamed Exxon, as a petroleum economist until his retirement in 1985.

On March 20, 1955 David married Robyn (Bobbie) Elze Conant of Scarsdale. Together they raised a family of five children in the suburbs of New York City, in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, Sands Point, New York, and Darien, Connecticut. David and Bobbie moved to Wilmington, North Carolina in 1989.

David had a love of music and especially jazz. He played piano from an early age. After his retirement from Exxon, he had a second career as a jazz disc jockey. His Saturday Night Owl jazz program aired on station WHQR in Wilmington, during the 1990’s

David was active in the Wilmington community and joined the Cape Fear Chordsmen, a barber shop chorus. In addition, he was active in the Unitarian Church where he served as Treasurer.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, and friend. He will be sorely missed.

The family would like to thank the staff of Champions Assisted Living and New Hanover Hospital for the great care they provided. And the family would like to especially thank Sue Warden of Home Instead whose love and support meant so much to him and his children.

He is survived by his five children; Woodward C. Hogin of Stamford, CT, Bradley R. Hogin of Newport Coast, CA, David R. Hogin, Jr. of Wilmette, IL, Samuel C. Hogin of Petaluma, CA, and Nancy C. Hogin of Alexandria, VA. He is also survived by his five grandchildren; Emily A. Hogin of Washington, D.C., Molly M. Hogin of Manhattan Beach,, CA, Benjamin W. Hogin and Samantha R. Hogin of Wilmette, IL, and Bradley C. Hogin of Petaluma, CA.

Services will be held at a later date, location to be determined.

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  • June 01, 2012
    Jeff Smith says:
    Condolences to the whole family from ours - Jeff, LoriAnn, Julius and Lilah

  • May 27, 2012
    R Brown says:
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. When we lose someone in death, the pain, the grief and the feeling of helplessness can seem unbearable. The Bible offers comfort in our time of sadness. It says: " God is near to those broken at heart." and also promises that we can "throw our burden upon God himself and he himself will sustain you." (Psalm 34;18 and 55:22) I hope this message will help you cope with the loss of your loved one.

  • May 29, 2012
    Judi Garland says:
    Dear Nancy and family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. Love, Judi Garland

  • May 29, 2012
    John Kren says:
    Nancy, So very sorry to hear of your loss. Just know that you were his "rock" the past years and you will always be his "Princess". Thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this very tough time.

  • May 27, 2012
    Wally Bader says:
    Dave was a member of the Cape Fear Chordsmen and a great guy. I have many fond memories of him and enjoyed are many associations and joint endeavors.