In Memory


Dr. John Thomas Hogle passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 77 years of age. He had been sick for several months and was cared for by the 6th floor doctors, nurses and staff at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and his loving family. He was the eldest son of the late Thomas W. Hogle and Arlene (Waters) Hogle.

After graduating from Minoa High School, Tom volunteered to serve his country and joined the Army. He was shipped to Vietnam where he endured the deep rice paddies, heavy mosquitoes, and explosive booby traps to fight communism – something he believed strongly in doing. He patrolled the Mekong Delta in an unusual pairing between the Army and Navy known as the Riverine Force, with his brothers from Charlie Co. 9th Infantry Division's 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry.

Upon his discharge from the Army, Tom attended Auburn Community College, received a Bachelor of Science from SUNY (State University of New York) Oswego, and a master's degree from SUNY Plattsburgh. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned a Ph.D. in history. 

Tom began his career with the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) European Division in 1993. For 5 years he taught History and Government to U.S. military members in Iceland, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Sicily, Aviano, Italy, Augsburg, Bad Abling, Stutgart, Mannhiem, and Ramstein. He also taught in the UMGC Asian Division the Summer of 2002 in Misawa, AFB, Japan and in 2003 in Osan, South Korea.

Tom returned to Syracuse and taught at Morrisville State College for more than 25 years. He taught History, Philosophy, and the Constitution. He served the campus community and local community enthusiastically. He volunteered regularly for Constitution Day and the National Abolitionist Hall of Fame. Tom was an enthusiastic storyteller, and his informal authentic and energetic style was well-received both in and outside the classroom. Whether Tom was lecturing in class or sharing his thoughts on advancing Morrisville State College, it was obvious that he cared deeply about his students and the broader mission in higher education.

Tom was highly active in the United University Professionals local and served as President. He was active in the local Democratic Party and captivated by national and local politics.

He was a passionate amateur athlete playing rugby, college and semi-pro football, and I have heard that he had a special gift for Basketball.

He is survived by his siblings, Robert (Anne), Maureen (Aida), Therese (Joan), George, Kathy (Berle) Jones, Michael (Becky), Phyllis, and Nanette (Sean) Gorman and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister, Marilee, and brothers, William and Curtis, niece, Renee and great-nephew, Tyler. He will be sorely missed by his loving family and lifelong friends.

Calling hours are Wednesday, March 13, 2024 from 6 to 8 pm at R.H. Schepp & Son Minoa Chapel, 6530 Schepps Corners Rd., Minoa. A Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, March 14 at 11:30 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 1515 Midland Ave., Syracuse. Burial with military honors will be held at 1 pm at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, 4069 Howlett Hill Rd., Syracuse.

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03/10/24 01:44 PM #1    

David Glaser

I knew Tom well. He came to my little institution, the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, in the fall of 1979. He was, in effect, my last graduate assistant. He took a number of my classes in diplomatic history and such esoteric topics as Watergate and America in the 60s; When we touched on Vietnam, I would turn the podium over to him for a truly riviting account of his combat experiences.

After he graduated with his MA from Plattsburgh, I sort of lost track of Tom. He.moved on to Colorado and got his doctorate. Then one warm summer day, in Heidelberg, Germany in 1993, I heard from him again. He had applied to teach in the Maryland European Division, noted my name, and asked to join us. We let him, my memory being that Joe Arden offered him a future yearly contract and future  warm assignments provided he accept an initial posting to Iceland for three terms (or was it four?).Accordingly, when his time was up, I sent Tom on to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.. 

In sum,.Tom fit the Maryland overseas profile of that time perfectly. He would launch himself to the most remote assignments, deal with the logistcial challenges without complaint, and then go on to teach a fabulous course in American history or government. In and out of the classoom folks were taken with his energy, the way he filled a room, his breath of knowlege and commitment to his students.

We won"t see his like again. 

David Glaser

03/22/24 05:08 PM #2    

Doug Lemmon

An impressive picture of Tom as the macebearer in 2007 as he leads SUNY Morrisville faculty into battle.

Picture found by colleague Bill Keller at:

03/26/24 09:19 AM #3    

John Nolan

When I was first hired onto the traveling proffessor circuit, my first assignemnt was Sicily, and I quickly learned my predecessor there, Tom Hogle, was ahard act to follow! Over the next couple of years, I seemed to be following in his footsteps, everywhere fidning myself in the position of having to try to live up to a great prdecessor. I often wished I coudl meet him, and finally it happened. The one time I met Tom was, perhaps inevitably, on a boat ride downthe Neckar after graduation. It was a lovely time, we talked for hours and had a few laughs, then  went our sepaerate ways. I deeply regret we never had the chance to do it again.  Tom was a legend wherever he went, and after that one afternoon, I understood why. 

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