Celebrating the life of Dr. William Thomas Hogarth
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Dr. William ‘Bill’ Thomas Hogarth, 83, of Treasure Island,
Florida, passed away after a short illness on Saturday,
November 5, 2022. Bill was born March 7, 1939, in
Jarratt, Virginia, to Willie Hogarth and Margaret Shelton
Hogarth. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and
two sisters, Dorothy Harrison and Margaret Ferguson. He
is survived by his wife, Mary; sister, Virginia Blythe; and a
number of step-children, step-grandchildren, nieces, and
Bill was a 1957 graduate of Jarratt High School and went
on to complete his undergraduate and graduate studies
at the University of Richmond. He began his Ph.D.
program at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in
1966 with a short hiatus at the request of the U.S. Army
where he served at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. In 1969, he also
made time to attend the Woodstock music festival! Bill
had an eclectic love of music with Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga,
and Blake Shelton among his favorite artists.
Bill’s studies at NCSU culminated in the award of a
doctorate in marine biology.
Except for a brief stint as owner of Hoagy’s Market in
Jarratt, Bill’s career path in fish management was straight
to the top. In 1972, he began a 12-year stint as the
Environmental Technology Manager at Carolina Power &
Light (now Duke Energy). From there, he served for nine
years as Head of Fisheries Policy for the State of North
Carolina. In 2001, then-President George H. W. Bush
appointed Bill to serve as Director of National Marine
Fisheries Services at the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA).
Bill again changed careers in 2008 by assuming the role
of Interim Dean of the College of Marine Science at the
University of South Florida (USF). Following his tenure
as Interim Dean, Bill was appointed Director of the
Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO).
Simultaneous with his tenure as FIO Director, Bill was
appointed as the Interim Chancellor of the USF campus
in St. Petersburg.
During the course of his career, Bill chaired or served on
numerous government and academic boards and
commissions and was the recipient of many awards and
accolades for his furtherance of the conservation of
fisheries both nationally and globally.
In honor of his service to the University of South Florida,
the Florida Institute of Oceanography, and the State of
Florida, the FIO named its new research vessel,
commissioned in 2017, the R/V William T. Hogarth.
Bill’s legacy will also continue in perpetuity at USF and
the College of Marine Science through The William T.
Hogarth Fellowship in Marine Mammals, awarded
annually to an especially accomplished biological
oceanography graduate student.
Bill will be honored and his life celebrated during the
December 4th 11 a.m. worship service held at
Centenary United Methodist Church in Jarratt.
Memorial contributions may be made payable to the
USF Foundation in memory of William T. Hogarth, Ph.D.
to The William T. Hogarth Fellowship in Marine Mammals
(Foundation Fund Number 266012) at the Office of
Donor Relations, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, ALC100,
Tampa, FL 33620, Attn: Beth Corbin or online at
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone
monuments but what is woven into the lives of others."
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