Harold H. Hogg, construction company owner

Harold H. Hogg, founder of a Central Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania commercial construction company who endowed the Hogg Family Chair at Duke University, his alma mater, died June 3 of leukemia at the Moorings Park retirement community in Naples, Fla.

The former York, Pa., resident was 86.

The son of Dr. William L. Hogg, a United Methodist minister, and Mildred R. Hogg, a Latin teacher, Harold Hubert Hogg was born and raised in Leechburg, Pa.

After graduating in 1945 from Edgewood High School in Pittsburgh, Mr. Hogg earned a bachelor's degree in 1948 from Duke University. He attended Yale Divinity School for postgraduate work, and then managed a New Haven, Conn., bookstore.

He was married in 1949 to the former Ruth Haigh. Two years later, they moved to York, Pa., where he worked in construction and completed the construction curriculum at Penn State York.

Mr. Hogg began his career as a home builder in 1952 when he established Harold H. Hogg Inc., which later became a leader in commercial construction in Central Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania.

Beginning in the 1970s, Mr. Hogg led investment groups that purchased commercial properties, some of which included Northgate Shopping Center in York, Pa., Clearview Shopping Center in Hanover, Pa., and the original Hungerford Factory in Shrewsbury, Pa., which was converted to Shrewsbury Courtyards senior apartments.

In 1992, Mr. Hogg led the development of what is now the Holiday Inn Express Hotel in York, and five years later, acquired and re-branded the Quality Inn Ocean Palms, a beachfront hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla.

After his son, James W. Hogg of New Freedom, Pa., purchased the company in 1995, he changed the name to Hogg Construction Co.

He had been a member of the National Insurance Board of Trustees of Associated Builders & Contractors and a Beam Club member of the Keystone chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors.

Mr. Hogg, who had been an undergraduate philosophy student, had led his life, family members said, guided by a principle laid down by Pericles, the ancient Greek statesman, orator and general, who said: "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."

He had been a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of York, and had served as chair of the scholarship committee for students at Palm Beach Atlantic University. At Duke, he established and endowed the Hogg Family Chair in Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship.

He also established the William L. Hogg Fund to benefit the Jumonville Christian Camp in Hopwood, Pa., which had been founded by his father, as well as two private family foundations to serve Christian and secular not-for-profit organizations in the communities where his survivors live and work.

Mr. Hogg and his wife moved to Jupiter, Fla., and later to Naples. He enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Advent Lutheran Church, 1775 E. Market St., York.

In addition to his wife of 64 years and son, Mr. Hogg is survived by another son, David H. Hogg of York; four grandsons and four great-granddaughters.


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