James Hogg, a longtime and respected William Mitchell College of Law professor and former president and dean, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, after suffering a stroke. He was 83 years old.
Dean Hogg was born in New Zealand on Aug. 29, 1929. He studied the law at the University of New Zealand, where he earned a bachelor’s degree, a bachelor of laws degree, and two master of laws degrees. He moved to the United States and continued his studies at Harvard Law School, where he earned a doctor of juridical science degree, the law school’s most advanced degree.
After completing his studies, Dean Hogg was recruited to teach at the University of Minnesota Law School in the mid-1950s.
He spent several years at the University of Minnesota, serving as a professor of law, assistant vice president for academic affairs, and senior fellow at with the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
In 1971 he went into private practice and became a partner at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly. Later, he became associate general counsel at Control Data. In 1985, he was appointed Mitchell’s president and dean, a position he held for 10 years.
Dean Hogg immediately made his mark on Mitchell by reorganizing the college’s staffing structure to make it more effective and efficient and by overseeing significant renovations and upgrades throughout campus.
Dean Hogg’s tenure as dean was forward looking. He led the college in the design, funding, and construction of the Warren E. Burger Library. He was a prolific fundraiser and built strong relationships with leaders in the profession and business.
After stepping down as dean in 1995, Dean Hogg stayed on as a professor at Mitchell, except for a two-year stint as dean at Western State College of Law in California, until his death. He maintained strong relationships with faculty members. He will be remembered as an energetic and engaging teacher, a scholar, and a wonderful friend and colleague.
“Jim served Mitchell for 28 years. He was president and dean during a critical period of progress for the college, capped by fundraising for the construction of the Warren E. Burger Library,” said William Mitchell President and Dean Eric Janus. “He was a prolific scholar, authoring dozens of law review articles and many books. Until the end, he remained totally engaged in his teaching and was one of the most tech-savvy members of our faculty. He was a friend and mentor for me and many others.
“Dean Hogg will be greatly missed by the William Mitchell community. We extend our deepest condolences to his family.”
A memorial service is being planned for May.