Lillian arrived in San Diego with her parents, Lillian and Raymond Tharp, in the early 1920s from St. Louis, Missouri. Some of the earliest memories were of trips to La Jolla on the streetcar with her grandmother to swim and picnic at the Cove.|
Growing up in San Diego, Lillian attended local schools and graduated from San Diego High School. Having an interest in all things medical, she found employment in the medical and dental fields until the onset of the World War II. For the duration of the war, Lillian worked for the American Red Cross and United Airlines. After the war she returned to the medical field as a dental assistant in Coronado, where, in 1946, she met her future husband, Lt. William Vogt, a naval officer returning to inactive duty.
After a short courtship, Lillian and Bill were married in Sacred Heart Catholic Church and settled in Coronado. Bill joined Robert O. Peterson in a partnership of drive-in restaurants called "Oscars", a forerunner of what was to become the Jack-in-the-Box chain.
When Bill was called back to serve as a Naval Intelligence Officer during the Korean War, Lillian embraced her role as a naval officer's wife. She made a home for her small family wherever Bill might be stationed, and traveled happily to each new location. She most enjoyed the excitement and political significance of Washington, D.C., in the mid-1950s and 60s, where she made many lifelong friends and most enjoyed her association with the Naval Attaches Wives organization.
However, Lillian never forgot her love for La Jolla. When Bill served his last duty assignment in San Diego, they built their home on the side of Mount Soledad and Lillian became active volunteering in their new community. She was particularly successful chairing fund raising luncheons and dinners for many community organizations such as the Social Service League of La Jolla, the Ladies of Charity, and the San Diego Symphony Auxiliary. She was also involved with Scripps Clinic Auxiliary, Salk Institute Auxiliary, the Salvation Army and the Assistance League of America. Additionally, she was a member of All Hallows Catholic Church and a Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher.
Lillian found time for recreation by being active in the Torrey Pines Women's Golf Club and the Navy Women's Golf Club at Admiral Baker Golf Course, where she served as president and was credited with bringing about many improvements for that organization.
Due to a stroke, Lillian was forced to forgo these activities, including her volunteering at the All Hallows Academy, where she particularly enjoyed working with the younger students. Ill health eventually confined her to her home where she spent the last years of her life.
Most of all, Lillian spent a lifetime of loyalty and devotion to her many friends, family and especially her loving husband of sixty seven years. She had a long and eventful life, but will be longer remembered and missed by those who loved her.
She is survived by her husband, William; daughter, Michele (Carl) Moss of Fallbrook; son, Robert (Teresa) of Napa; sister, Lorraine Rodda; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the Scripps Hospice medical team for their comfort and professional care during Lillian's last days. We would especially like to convey our gratitude and appreciation for the loving care provided by Lillian's caregivers, Maria Muro and Noemi Adams, during the past several years.
A memorial Mass was held October 25, 2013, at All Hallows Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Hallows Academy.
Published in La Jolla Light on Nov. 21, 2013