Frank Ogg (1899 - 1976)

Dr. Frank Chappell Ogg imageDr. Frank Chappell Ogg, 77 of 1356 Conneaut Ave., professor emeritus of mathematics at Bowling Green State University, died Wednesday evening in Wood County Hospital.

He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of New Mexico in 1922. The University of Illinois awarded him the degrees of master of arts and doctor of philosophy in 1924 and 1927. Both advanced degrees were in mathematics.

After four years as an instructor in mathematics at the University of Illinois and one summer on the staff of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, he joined the department of mathematics at what was then Bowling Green State College in 1931 as associate professor. He became a professor in 1939 and was chairman of the department from 1948 until 1965.

At Bowling Green State University, he also was acting librarian for a brief time, a member of the Policy Commission, the Academic Council, Executive Council, Graduate Committee and the Faculty Senate. He was chairman for many years of the Research Committee and general chairman of the 50th Anniversary celebration of Bowling Green State University in 1960 which brought many nationally prominent persons to the campus. He was acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts in he summers of 1946 and 1947. After retirement in 1969, the Board of Trustees decreed that the divisional library of Mathematics and the Sciences in the new Mathematical Sciences building be named the "Frank C. Ogg Library of Mathematics and Science." The library, which has a 150,000 volume capacity, was officially named on Nov. 14, 1970 when the building was dedicated. A lifelong interest in the history of science and a belief in the importance of a fine library was also shown in a gift from Dr. and Mrs.Ogg which enabled the University Library in 1966 to purchase three rare books by Galileo.

Dr. Ogg was a member of the Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi honorary fraternities and of the mathematics honoraries Pi Mu Epsilon and Kappa Mu Epsilon. He was a Sigma Chi, a member of the Town and Gown Club of Bowling Green and of the Toledo Chapter of Torch International. He also was a member of the American Association of University Professors, the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. He was an Army veteran of World. War I.

Dr. Ogg was born Feb. 3,1899 in Richmond, Va., to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar J. Ogg (Marcie Chappell). He married Florence Sutton July 14, 1928 in Neoga, Ill.

Survivors Include his wife; three sons Dr. Frank C. Jr, Toledo, Dr. Andrew P., Berkeley, Calif., and Oscar, Lexington; two daughters, Mrs. Stephen (Virginia) Magada, Bowling Green, and Mrs. Howard A. (Florence) Smith, Shelby, and seven grandchildren.

The funeral will be Saturday at 1: 30 p.m. in the Dunn Funeral Home, Bowling Green, with Rev. James Trautwine officiating. Burial will be in Wood County Memory Gardens.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Bowling Green, OH
June 10, 1976

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