Catherine Christine Hiller Vogt

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Catherine Christine Hiller Vogt Obituary
VOGT, Catherine Christine "Nan" Hiller Born on November 18th, 1921 in Salina, Kansas, to Edwards Allen Hiller and Vera Lleila Eberhardt Hiller. The Eberhardts stemmed from strong Swiss German stock. The Hillers traced their lineage to Ethan Allen, Jonathan Edwards, and Mary Chilton, of the Mayflower A vibrant and precocious student, Nan placed first in the Kansas State English Competition in 8th grade, and subsequently earned admittance to the University of Chicago. A member of the Esoteric Women's Club, Nan met Evon Z. Vogt or "Vogtie," a rancher from New Mexico. They married in an idyllic September, 1941, as the storm clouds of WWII gathered over Europe. Pearl Harbor changed their lives, and Nan became a vivacious Naval Officer's wife for the duration. After the war, they began a whirlwind of an academic life, full of students, four children, Navajo and Mayan cultural guides, field work, poker games, legendary dance parties, and trips to 65 countries. Their marriage endured 62 years until Vogtie passed away in 2004. Nan was the steady relationship power behind her Harvard Professor husband - welcoming all, cooking for dozens, editing Vogtie's papers, counseling students, and reading, constantly reading. When she was not entertaining or reading she might play Chopin's Moonlight Sonata on the piano or spontaneously break into song "I love Paris " Nan was affectionately named by the Zinacanteco Maya of Chiapas, Mexico: Me'tik Katal. In 1974 Nan became the first "Co-Master" of a Harvard College House: Kirkland House, thus expanding her immediate family to 320. Somehow, through it all, and to the end of her life, she maintained an infectiously cheerful and engaging disposition, and earned the hearts of hundreds. Nan Vogt leaves behind four children: Countess Skee Teleki (Géza Teleki) of Toronto, Cavalheiro Terry Vogt (Mary Vogt) of San Francisco, Chevalier Eric Vogt (Robin Grumman-Vogt) of Belmont MA, and Ace Andean Birder, Charlie Vogt (Sherry Vogt) of Quito, Ecuador. In addition, Nan leaves six grandchildren: Géza Kristian Adam Teleki, Maya Katal Teleki, Ethan Andrew Vogt, Christopher Tyler Vogt, Elizabeth Vogt, Bennett Edwards Vogt, and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Vera Virginia Hiller Zahl Todd. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, December 27th, 3PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 404 Concord Avenue, Belmont. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the Alzheimer's Foundation (322 Eighth Avenue, 7th floor, New York, New York 10001) or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (6931 Arlington Road, 2nd floor, Bethesda, Maryland 20814).

Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 22, 2010
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