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Dr. William Thomas Hogarth

March 7, 1939 November 5, 2022
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Obituary for Dr. William Thomas Hogarth

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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