Patrick H. Vogel, former president of Republic National Distributing Co.'s Maryland division, died Feb. 21 of cancer at his home in Louisville, Tenn. He was 62.
The son of Herman Lentz "Bunny" Vogel, who was a corporate officer of H.C. Spinks Clay Co., a family-owned business, and Caroline Carothers Vogel, a homemaker, Patrick Herman Vogel was born in Memphis and raised in Paris, Tenn.
He attended E.W. Grove High School in Paris, and graduated in 1970 from Henry County High School, also in Paris, where he was an accomplished athlete. Some of his high school football records remain unbroken, family members said.
After graduating in 1974 from the University of Tennessee, he worked in several Knoxville restaurants before moving to Dallas, where he entered the wine and spirits industry.
In 1989, Mr. Vogel joined Republic Distributing Co., a wholesaler and distributor of wines, spirits and beer, in Albuquerque, N.M., where he was president of state operations. The company later merged with National Distributing Co., forming Republic National Distributing Co.
In 2000, Mr. Vogel moved to Denver when he was named president of operations in Colorado. In 2004, he was named president of the company's Maryland operations, which has its headquarters in Jessup.
"Pat was a really solid guy and well-liked in the business," said Hugh Sisson, founder of Clipper City Brewing Co. in Halethorpe. "His company is the No. 2 wholesaler and distributor in the country, and he was our Baltimore area distributor for our products."
Mr. Sisson, who said he became close friends with Mr. Vogel, described him as "old-school."
"He was just awesome. When you shook hands with Pat, you had a deal. The paperwork arrived later," he said.
The former resident of Circle Road in Ruxton retired in 2008 and moved back to the couple's home on Fort Loudoun Lake in East Tennessee.
Mr. Vogel was a physical fitness buff who also enjoyed reading, caring for his home and yard, and boating.
A memorial service for Mr. Vogel will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Knoxville.
Mr. Vogel is survived by his wife of 32 years, the former Mary Amanda "Mandy" Richards; two sons, Matthew Lentz Vogel of Denver and Patrick Maxmillian Vogel of Boston; a brother, Howard H. Vogel of Knoxville; and a granddaughter.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun