This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Bro. Richard Henry Hogg’s home going service in San Francisco, CA. As you can see below, Phi Beta Sigma was well represented as we performed the Omega Service for Bro. Hogg. I was able to meet Bro. Hogg’s son, Bro. Granville Hogg (Front row, 4th from the right below). Western Regional Director Jeffrey Sneed made the trip up and presented the Hogg family with a proclamation, which will also hang at IHQ. Along with Bro. Hogg’s obituary, the proclamation detailed a number of great facts:
It is with great sadness that I communicate that Brother Richard Henry Hogg has passed away. He was the oldest living Sigma in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’d been trying to setup a meeting with the man for a few years now, but his ongoing health issues prevented us. Bro. Kevin Christian recently sent me a copy of the 1978 San Francisco Conclave program. I didn’t realize Bro. Hogg was the Conclave Coordinator that year. His greetings are pictured below.
Brothers Bill Riley and Thomas Broome passed on the following:
The Memorial Service for our distinguished Brother, the Late Honorable Richard Henry Hogg will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 1:00pm at The Missionary Temple, 1455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA., 94115. All attending Brothers are requested to be present by 12:00 noon so that we can prepare for the Omega Ceremony which the family has requested us to perform. Please wear a Dark suit (Blue preferred).
A strong showing is desired to show our respect to the passing of Brother Hogg who truly exemplified the purposes and goals of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. through his service over the years. Brother Hogg was Initiated in Rho Chapter, Bastrop, Louisiana, but made his way to California where he was initially in Alpha Nu Sigma Chapter and later was a Charter Member of Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter Chartered in San Francisco, CA. He has been a dues paying member of Alpha Nu Sigma Chapter for the past years after Gamma Phi Sigma became inactive.
Brother Hogg served two terms as Western Region Director, 1955-1957 and 1973-1976 wherein he was host Regional Director for the only Conclave ever held in Northern California. Though in poor health for the past several years, Brother Hogg signed the Centennial Scroll during a visit to his home several years ago. Our Sigma of the Year is named in honor of Brother Hogg, truly a giant in West Coast Sigmadom.
68 years ago in Sigma. For those who know me, you know that Dr. I.L. Scruggs is one of my most regarded in Sigma. Look at what the great Francis Hall was trying to do in 1946 and his letter to Dr. Scruggs and the response. But to have an original of Dr. Scruggs’ stationary and to know that trailblazers like Francis Hall were all about unifying chapters through their chapter secretaries, just shows you the caliber of brothers back then.
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