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11/8/16

Death of a Classmate - REAR ADMIRAL EDWARD J. HOGAN JR. USN(RET) ‘54 - 12th Co.




 Early morning 20 October 2016 Rear Admiral Edward (Ned) Hogan, USN (Retired) was called upon one last time to soar with the eagles, as he shed the shackles of Parkinson’s.  Ned was brought up in Philadelphia and attended West Philadelphia Catholic High School. At the academy he was in the 12th company, and Captain of the varsity basketball team. On graduation Ned proceeded to Flight Training in Pensacola where he earned his Wings of Gold.  His Navy vocation had been as a test pilot and fighter pilot providing many unique experiences as he flew a variety of jets off the decks of several different aircraft carriers. Ned attended the Empire Test Pilot's School in Farnborough, England followed by assignment to the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD.  He had three combat tours during the Vietnam War in Carrier Air Wing 9 as Operations Officer, Landing Signal Officer and then Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VF-92. Ned then brought his naval aviator experience to shore where he was instrumental in establishing the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun).  With an early promotion to Captain he went back to sea as the Commanding Officer of USS Kawishiwi followed by a most memorable assignment as Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk.  Back to shore again where Ned commanded the Naval Air Test Center as Chief Test Pilot.  His last job on active duty was Navy's Chief of Legislative Affairs. After retirement Ned entered the private sector with Airship Industries.  He was also on the board of Mainstay Funds. Ned attended the Naval War College, received a Masters Degree in International Relations from George Washington University and an MBA from American University.  He was a Fellow in the Royal Aeronautical Society, a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, a member of the Early and Pioneer Naval Aviation Association (Golden Eagles) and the Tailhook Association.  He was a trustee of the Naval Academy Foundation and a member of the Naval Institute. As an avid reader, Ernest Hemingway was Ned's favorite author.  This admiration is what prompted the Hogan family to visit the beautiful Wood River Valley, Idaho in 1970.  It was love at first sight and became the family's favorite vacation spot.  In 1994 it became their permanent residence.  Ned is survived by his wife Linda, sons Gregory and Steven, grandchildren Lily and Kazimir and their extended families.

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