Donna Ross Hogan, 75, passed away October 21, 2012, at Northeast Methodist Hospital, San Antonio, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am, Monday, November 5, 2012, at University United Methodist Church. Donna was born in Dallas in 1937 to Donald and Lillian Andrews Ross. She and her brother Walt grew up in Tulsa, Okla., where they attended Will Rogers High School, a source of lifelong friendships. After graduating from Tulsa University in 1959 with degrees in English Literature and French, Donna married Jerry Hogan in 1960. The couple lived in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Virginia, and New Mexico before settling in the central Oklahoma town of Lexington, and later Purcell, managing to raise three children along the way.
Always a lover of books, Donna went back to school at age 50 and earned an MLIS from the University of Oklahoma in 1990. She worked as a librarian in Oklahoma City and at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, before eventually becoming the Assistant Dean for Public Services at the University of Texas
-San Antonio Library where she managed reference and public services for two campuses. Her affiliations through the years included Chi Omega Sorority, Gilcrease Museum, Pioneer Multi-County Library System Board (Norman, Okla.), Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma, American Association of University Women, and Friends of Maverick Library (San Antonio).
One of Donna's great joys was choral music and she actively sought out groups to sing with throughout her life. In San Antonio, Donna sang with the University United Methodist Church choir, was past president of the San Antonio Choral Society, and most recently served on the board of directors of Voci di Sorelle. Other hobbies included gardening, sewing, quilting, genealogy, and hiking; this last often in foreign countries, as she was an adventurous international traveler.
Donna is survived by the father of her children, Jerry (Byars, Okla.), children Laura (Tom Kinscherf; Madison, Wisc.), Leslie (John Rickey; Santa Barbara, Calif.), and Don (Shelly; Austin, Tex.); five grandchildren, Emma Kinscherf, Tanner Hogan, Lily Hogan, Clara Rickey, and Eliza Rickey; brother Walt (Marilyn; Eagle River, Alaska); nieces Adonna Thiesing and Lynne Wolfe; nephew Charles Wolfe; and many much-loved cousins.
Her family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses of the third-floor oncology unit at Northeast Methodist Hospital in San Antonio for their tender and professional care. Memorial donations may be made to the
, Planned Parenthood, the University United Methodist Church's Refugee Ministry, or the San Antonio Magdalena House.