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HOOGENBOOM--Ari, historian, died October 25 of complications from mesothelioma. He was 86. He was born in Richmond Hill, Queens, on November 28, 1927. He attended public schools, graduated from John Adams High School in 1945, then attended Atlantic Union College, graduating in 1949. There, he met Olive Youngberg, and they married August 28, 1949. Ari received his MA (1951) and his PhD (1958) from Columbia University. He was an instructor and assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (1956-58), an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and full professor at Penn State (1958-68), and a full professor at Brooklyn College (1968-98), where he was chairman of the history department from 1968-74. He was also a Guggenheim fellow (1965-66) and the visiting George Bancroft professor of American history at the University of Gottingen, Germany (1991-92). Ari had a distinguished publishing career. He made a splash in 1960 with a tongue-in-cheek article in the Wisconsin Magazine of History positing that scholars had overlooked the true cause of the Civil War: the burgeoning popularity of beards, which had made Northerners and Southerners alike more aggressive. His first book was "Outlawing the Spoils: A History of the Civil Service Reform Movement, 1865-1883" (1961). He co-authored "The Enterprising Colonials: Society on the Eve of the Revolution (with William S. Sachs, 1965), "A History of the ICC: From Panacea to Palliative" (with Olive Hoogenboom, 1976) and "A History of Pennsylvania" (with Phillip S. Klein, 1973). He wrote two defining books on Rutherford B. Hayes: "The Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes" (1988) and "Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President" (1995; Ohioana Book Award, 1996). He continued to be a productive scholar after his retirement, publishing "Rutherford B. Hayes: One of the Good Colonels" (1999) and "Gustavus Vasa Fox of the Union Navy: A Biography" (2008). In the past few years, he has worked with his wife, Olive, on her book, "Washington Women: The Woodbury Sisters," giving her the same assistance that she had given him on a number of his books. They finished revisions shortly before his death. He is survived by his wife, Olive; his children, Lynn, Ari Jr. and Jan; his granddaughters, Amelia, Charlotte, and Calliope, and countless friends. His sister, Clara, predeceased him. A memorial service will be held November 8 at 2pm at the First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn, where he was a member of the choir for over 30 years. Wake Service and Visiting Hours Tuesday, October 28, 6-9pm at Raccuglia & Son Funeral Home Inc., 321-323 Court Street, Brooklyn. 718-855-7737.

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November 2, 2014
Olive and family, I send you my heartfelt condolences.

I am the niece of Joe & Cora (my mother's sister) Hoogenboom. Janet Derse Swoish
November 2, 2014
Gary A. Hoogenboom, Sr
Dear Olive, and Family, Aart, reached out to me, with the information of Ari's Passing, I am saddened to learn that news, Ari was one of the handful of People that Followed his dream of continual learning his entire life, and made his Passion of Knowledge his Life long work, not many can say they lived their dream, My Beloved Cousin did that very thing, and in the process, Shared that knowledge with so many. God Bless Him, You and Your Family. With all my Love. Cousin Gary A. Hoogenboom, Sr. Delray Beach, Florida
Gary Hoogenboom Sr
November 1, 2014
I am saddened by the passing of such an accomplished and kind man. As a child, I met Ari many times. He was always a warm and gentle man to talk to . My very warmest wishes for my cousins. Ron Hoogenboom
October 31, 2014
I was so sorry to hear via Jennifer Hamlin Church of Ari's passing. He and Olive made a kid from North Dakota feel very welcome at First Unitarian in the early 1970s. I still remember with great fondness the kindness they showed me -- and with admiration the fine work they have done, separately and together, as historians.

My thoughts will be with you, Olive, and your children as you celebrate Ari's life and accomplishments ... and adjust to his absence. Peace be with you.
Nancy Ashmore
October 31, 2014
My condolences to Olive and her family.
Donald Gerardi
October 30, 2014
My codolences to Olive and her family. So sorry to hear the news. Stuart
Stuart Schaar
October 29, 2014
Please accept my sympathies for the death of your loved one. May your family receive comfort in knowing that our loving heavenly Father will soon end death forever.(Isaiah25:8)
October 29, 2014
Forever in our hearts, Uncle Ari.
Joy Youngberg Wagner
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