On November 7, 2012, John Edward Hogan, Washington, DC, in Lewes, Delaware passed away. John is survived by his wife of 51 years, Edith Howard Hogan; a daughter, Edith Chrystal Hogan of Cordova, TN; a son, Terrence Howard Hogan (Lori) of Cedarburg, WI; three grandchildren, Cassandra Marie Hogan, Terrence Howard Hogan, Jr. and Abigail Lynn Hogan; and many nieces and nephews.
A proud Irishman, a farmer, a distinguished lawyer, a committed Naval officer, a devoted family man, and a solid churchman, John Hogan served his country for more than a quarter of a century. The youngest of six children, John was born on December 30, 1925, in Janesville, Minnesota. His years of growing up on a farm in southern Minnesota left an indelible impression on him, and he never lost those roots.
John graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree. On his graduation, John was commissioned as an officer of the U.S. Navy and served on the U.S.S. Hood. While in the Navy, he was transferred to Washington, DC, where he took advantage of the GI Bill and enrolled at the George Washington University School of Law. Between 1957 and 1969, John worked as a legal assistant for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, a law clerk for a federal judge, an assistant U.S. Attorney, Senior Trial Attorney for the Small Business Administration, and Director of the Commission on the Organization of the Government of the District of Columbia. John earned his Masters in Law at the Georgetown School of Law, a Masters in Business Administration at American University, and did graduate work in government and politics at the University of Maryland.
John remained true to the Navy, serving as a Reserve Officer and reaching the rank of Captain. He retired from the Navy in 1985 after 32 years of service.
In 1969 John began his 29-year career in the U.S. House of Representatives. He first served as Republican Counsel for the Committee on the District of Columbia. In l975 he became the Republican Associate Counsel for the Committee on Agriculture and four years later was promoted to Republican Chief Counsel. In l995, John was named Chief Counsel of the Committee on Agriculture. Before his retirement in 1998, he had effectively helped shape five comprehensive farm bills and U.S. agricultural law with a keen wit and sense of humor. In 2001, John came back to serve in the Administration of President George W. Bush as Acting Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carmelites of Port Tobacco, 5678 Carmel Road, La Plata, MD 20646.
The date of the Requiem Mass at St. Peter's Church on Capitol Hill followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery is to be determined. Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes, DE.
Please visit Mr. Hogan's Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at

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Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 18, 2012