Joseph G. Bogdan, 90, naval officer, math teacher

Joseph G. Bogdan, a retired naval officer and Harford Community College faculty member, died of cardiac arrest Saturday at his Bel Air home. He was 90.

Mr. Bogdan was born and raised in Seattle, and earned his bachelor's degree in forestry from the University of Washington in 1936.


He joined the Navy in 1940 and served in naval intelligence. During the 1950s, he was the naval attache assigned to the Philippines, family members said.

After retiring in 1961 with the rank of lieutenant commander, Mr. Bogdan earned a master's degree in mathematics from Duke University in 1962.


He moved to the Homestead Village section of Bel Air in 1961 when he joined the faculty of the newly organized college, then based at Bel Air High School. He taught math at the college until retiring in 1982.

Mr. Bogdan also was a member of the Bel Air Board of Commissioners during the 1970s.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Bogdan enjoyed driving across the country to go mountain hiking each summer in his native Washington state.

"One of his favorite mountains was Mount Rainier," said his wife of 55 years, the former Kathryn Koval. "And he loved walking, and used to walk several miles each day to college when he was teaching. He'd rather walk than drive the car."

Mr. Bogdan was a history buff and enjoyed stamp collecting.

He was a communicant of St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, 141 Hickory Ave., Bel Air, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Bogdan is survived by two daughters, Mary K. Huff of Perry Hall and Judith Ann Wilson of Darlington; a brother, Albert Bogdan of Enumclaw, Wash.; and three grandchildren.