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In Memoriam: Merle Hogg

Emeritus professor Merle Hogg was a beloved member of San Diego State University's School of Music and Dance faculty.
By SDSU News Team

Merle Hogg, emeritus professor of San Diego State University’s School of Music and Dance, passed away on Jan. 31 at age 94. Fellow faculty members remember Hogg as a colleague everyone aspired to be: creative, caring, and constant. He will be remembered as a decent and kind soul to thousands of students and faculty during his time at SDSU. He is survived by his wife Lynn Edington-Hogg; daughters Linda Hogg-Wood, Kathrine Page, Christine Andrew; sons-in-law Ken Page and Alan Andrew; and grandchildren Lisa Wood, Joseph Wood, Christopher Page, and Brian Page.

Merle Hogg
Merle Hogg
Hogg was born in Lincoln, Kan., and completed his undergraduate studies at Emporia State University following service in the U.S. Navy. After two years of teaching in public schools, he began graduate study at the University of Iowa, where he earned MA, MFA, and Ph.D. degrees. During the summer of 1960, he attended the Ecoles d’ Art Americaines at Fontainebleau, France, where he studied composition with Nadia Boulanger and trombone with Gabriel Masson and Jean Douay.

He was a member of the music faculty at Eastern New Mexico State University for nine years and from 1962-1992 was a member of the music faculty at SDSU. He was also a former member of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the San Diego Opera Orchestra.

During his time at SDSU, Hogg taught a wide variety of courses including music theory, composition, band and trombone.

Hogg shaped the lives and curriculum of the School of Music and Dance with integrity and compassion. The School of Music and Dance will carry on in his honor.