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John Forbes Hogan, MD

October 26, 2013
John Forbes Hogan,  MD
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HOGAN, JOHN FORBES MD, 89, of Rumford, died peacefully October 26, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Marghretta “Peggy” (Gilbane) Hogan of Rumford, formerly of Pawtucket; children John F Hogan of Seattle, Washington; Mary Pat Hogan Knorr of Santa Barbara, California; Sheila Longerbeam of Lafayette, California and Richard M. Hogan of Cranston, ten grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  He was pre-deceased by his son, Paul L Hogan and his granddaughter, Angelina Folco. The eldest and only son in a family of six children, he is survived by his sister, Ann L Hogan of Lincoln. He was the sister of the late Martha McCabe, Catherine “Cappi” Doyle, Mary Elizabeth “Libby” Boyd and Laureen “Reenie” Nourie. He was born in Pawtucket, son of the late John F. Hogan, who was a noted architect of churches, academic buildings and other institutional buildings, and the late Martha (Sutcliffe) Hogan.
Born on the Cape where his parents were summering, he will always be remembered for his love of the Cape and all it had to offer. He was an avid fisherman and crabber, but most of all, he loved digging quahogs and continued to maintain an active shellfish license at the Cape late into his seventies. He took his children to the same crab holes he frequented with his own father and taught his grandchildren how to seine for minnows and carefully bait them on a hook to catch snapper blues.
A graduate of St Raphael’s Academy in Pawtucket, The College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass and Harvard Medical School, he was a beloved pediatrician. He continued to practice medicine for 50 years, retiring in 1998 and throughout his life, took care of numerous generations in some of the same families.  Fresh from his residency in Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, he moved to the Southwest with his wife where he worked for the Public Health Service, treating patients on the Navaho Reservation They moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he worked for the Public Health Department.
Starting a family, he and his wife returned to Pawtucket, where he set up a private practice. Pediatrics was a different world then, and he routinely made house calls late into the night, many days of the week. He went on to work at the Rhode Island Group Health Association, later Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. He was a Corporator of Providence Lying In Hospital, now Women’s and Infant’s. He was a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Brown University Medical School, an Assistant Professor of Community Medicine at the Tufts Medical School and a Teaching Fellow in Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School. He was an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Rhode Island Chapter; the American Medical Association; Rhode Island Medical Society, where he served as President; New England Pediatric Society and the Pawtucket Medical Association, where he also served as President, Secretary and Treasurer. He served on the Governor’s Commission on Handicapped Children.
He had such a zest for life and an insatiable curiosity that were contagious and will really be missed.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9am from the Monahan Drabble Sherman Funeral Home, 230 Waterman Street, Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Margaret Church, Pawtucket Avenue, Rumford. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence. Calling hours Tuesday 4-7pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Raphael’s Academy, 123 Walcott St, Pawtucket.  Condolences may be left at monahandrabblesherman.com.
 

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9am from the Monahan Drabble Sherman Funeral Home, 230 Waterman Street, Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Margaret Church, Pawtucket Avenue, Rumford. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence. Calling hours Tuesday 4-7pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Raphael’s Academy, 123 Walcott St, Pawtucket.

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