Dr. Stanley Kogan, a retired Baltimore oral-maxillofacial surgeon who had been chief of the department of dentistry at Sinai Hospital and what is now Northwest Hospital in addition to maintaining a private practice, died March 20 at his Pikesville home of cardiopulmonary disease. He was 84.
"Stanley was one of the very first oral-maxillofacial surgeons in Baltimore and was well respected in the community," said Dr. Gary M. Epstein, who is also an oral-maxillofacial surgeon and joined Dr. Kogan's practice.
"He was very straight and said what was on his mind. He never sugarcoated anything when it came time to refer patients or doctors. He was always very direct and honest," he said. "He did whatever he thought best for his patients."
The son of Louis Kogan, CEO of Kogan Printing Co., and Lillian Helprin Kogan, CEO of Kogan Realty, Stanley Kogan was born in Baltimore and raised in Windsor Hills.
After graduating from City College in 1948, he attended Dartmouth College for three years before entering the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, where he earned his dental degree in 1954.
Dr. Kogan completed oral and maxillofacial training at Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, N.J., and then returned to Baltimore and entered private practice.
While serving in the Army, Dr. Kogan, who attained the rank of captain, was chief of oral surgery at Fort Hood, Texas.
In addition to being chief of the department of dentistry at Sinai Hospital and the old Baltimore County General Hospital, now Northwest Hospital, Dr. Kogan was clinical assistant professor in the department of oral-maxillofacial surgery at the University of Maryland dental school.
Dr. Kogan was an advocate of the removal of wisdom teeth early in life rather than later, when the procedure is more difficult and the healing takes longer.
"Impacted wisdom teeth should be removed by mid-teens or by the 21st birthday at the latest," Dr. Kogan told The Evening Sun in a 1980 interview, "when the roots of these teeth, also known as third molars, are not yet fully formed and the bond surrounding them is less dense, making removal less complicated and shortening the healing process."
He added, "Waiting for wisdom teeth to hurt before acting only invites unnecessary trouble."
Dr. Kogan maintained offices in Pikesville, Essex and White Marsh.
In addition to his own practice, he was director of the Sinai Hospital dental general practice residency training program and volunteered with Project HOPE as an oral surgeon in Cartagena, Colombia.
A lifelong Zionist, Dr. Kogan volunteered in the Alpha Omega Project Renewal dental program in Sderot, Israel.
Dr. Kogan was a past president of the Baltimore City Dental Society, Maryland State Dental Society, Maryland State Oral Surgery Association, Middle Atlantic Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Maryland Alpha Omega dental fraternity.
He was a delegate to the American Dental Society and a member of the liaison committee to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He was a fellow of the American College of Dentistry and the International College of Dentists and was also a diplomate to the International College of Dentists.
After retiring from dentistry in 1995, Dr. Kogan began a second career after enrolling at what is now Loyola University Maryland, where he earned a degree in economics. For five years, he served on the faculty as an assistant professor of economics.
A lifelong anti-segregationist and civil rights activist, Dr. Kogan participated in the 1963 demonstrations at Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Woodlawn, and was arrested along with about 100 other protesters.
His charitable and philanthropic interests included The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, the Welfare Fund of Baltimore, the Baltimore Jewish Council, the American Jewish Congress, Israel Bonds and the United Jewish Appeal.
He had been a spokesperson at the National Training Institute at the University of Maryland, where he also served as chairman of the annual giving campaign at its dental school.
Dr. Kogan was also a weekend docent at the Baltimore Museum of Art and enjoyed bicycling, riding throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Dr. Kogan collected vintage photographs, including several works by noted photographer Man Ray that were part of an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1986.
"Stanley had an amazing eye for modern photographs and he got interested in them early before a lot of other people started collecting them, and now there isn't a lot of material left," said Jay Fisher, deputy director of curatorial affairs at the Baltimore Museum of Art. "He saw the importance of them and because he had a good eye; this allowed him to make good choices."
"Collecting art was one of his great passions, and he had a fantastic collection," said his wife of a decade, Sandi Paul.
"He lived to travel, and because I was a junior associate, he'd call up and say, 'I'm in France so you're on call for my patients for the next month,'" said Dr. Epstein with a laugh.
Dr. Kogan was a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.
Funeral services for Dr. Kogan were held Sunday at Sol Levinson & Bros. in Pikesville.
In addition to his wife, Dr. Kogan is survived by two sons, Joshua Kogan of New York City and Thomas Kogan of Boca Raton, Fla.; three daughters, Laura Cutler of Bethesda, Sally Katz of Philadelphia and Jillian Kogan of Los Angeles; a brother, Leonard Kogan of Washington; and seven grandchildren. Three earlier marriages ended in divorce.