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George Hogle

1915 - 2015
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George Hollister Hogle

April 10, 1915-November 28, 2015

Dr. George Hollister Hogle, humanitarian, mentor and Jungian analyst was born in Salt Lake City to Mary Copley and James A. Hogle on April 10, 1915, the youngest of three children. He lived 100 years of a fully engaged life and passed away peacefully in his Woodside, California home of fifty years, on Nov. 28, 2015, with his wife at his side and family nearby.

George attended St. Paul's Boarding School in New Hampshire and went on to Yale University. At his father's insistence he majored in metallurgical engineering. He became interested in liberal causes and politics during his college years and graduated from Yale in 1936.

Following Yale, George worked briefly as a gold assayer in his family's small mine before heading to New York to work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. However he realized he was searching for a deeper meaning in his life and around 1939 joined the Quakers and became a member of the War Resistor's League. He was classified 4E as a Conscientious Objector.

While training on the East Coast for relief work in France, he met a number of people interested in the work of Carl Jung. Congress cancelled the unit that would have taken him to France, and he was instead placed with twenty-five other volunteer CO's at Massachusetts General Hospital where they were given new anti-malaria drugs to test toxicity in humans. This study contributed to the successful development of a drug to combat malaria. He was proud of his participation in this effort and it also led to his interest in medicine.

George later joined the American Friends Service Committee to do relief work in the devastated city of Koblenz, Germany during "the hunger years". While in Europe, he traveled to Switzerland to meet with Dr. Carl Jung who influenced him to become a psychiatrist.

Inspired by Jung, George returned to New York and attended Columbia Medical School. During his internship at Columbia he also met Lois Crozier whom he married in 1949. They had three children before moving to England where George studied with Jungian analyst Gerhard Adler. The family relocated to Palo Alto as George was accepted into a two year Psychiatric Residency at Stanford Medical School in 1959. He was also admitted into the San Francisco Jung Institute where he later became president. He began his private practice in Palo Alto, and in 1974 became Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford.

George and Lois divorced in 1965 and the next year he married painter Ann Meilstrup Raymond. The Vietnam War came and Ann and George felt deeply called to take a stand against the war. In 1967 they were jailed for protesting and served ten days at Santa Rita Prison.

A 1970 trip to Kenya with his children and Ann's three children became the foundation for the beautiful blending of their families. George and Ann traveled the World from the Antarctica to the Artic, including a trip on a Russian Icebreaker during a Russian Coup.

A contemporary and gracious man with a natural charisma and insatiable curiosity, George was more than a cup half full. He was a full cup. His great concern for the welfare of others also included animals which was in part inspired by his parents' donation of land to the city of Salt Lake in 1931, which became Utah's Hogle Zoo, still flourishing today.

In 2006, George wrote of his life, "I feel good that I have been part of the movements to bring the public's attention to the potential medical consequences of nuclear war and crucial need for arms' control and East-West accord. And now that we men have brought the world close to the terrorism of the atom and of Â'other' men, I submit that more and more women in leadership roles everywhere could benefit the world more than anyone could imagine."

George skied into his eighties and enjoyed the latest technology, learning how to use a computer and iPhone in his nineties. A life long symphony and opera goer, he also played Scrabble, read the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle, adored the San Francisco Giants, Doc Martin, and dark chocolate.

George is survived by his wife Ann, children Allan, Steve and Francie, Step-Children T.M. Raymond, Megan Aguilar, Kit Colman, six grand children and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Utah's Hogle Zoo (www.hoglezoo.org) or Commonweal (www.commonweal.org).

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 7, 2016
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