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William J. Hogan " sponsored obituary

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of William John Hogan, 66, of Nevada City, California. He died at 7:40pm on Thursday, October 19th, after a 4-month battle with an extremely aggressive form of cancer. Bill was born in 1940 to William Joseph and Hazel Hogan in Omaha, Nebraska. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sharon, his three children, Scot, Kevin, and Heather, and his six grandchildren.

Bill was revered as a brilliant scientist during his 38 year career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. During his tenure there, he contributed to the advancement of inertial fusion in ways that will benefit humankind for decades to come. Before starting work with the LLNL, he was an undergraduate of Cal Tech University in 1962 and then he earned his doctorate in physics from the University of Princeton in 1966.

When he wasn’t working, Bill really enjoyed the outdoors. He was an avid sailor, kayaker, camper, hiker, cyclist, conservationist, and naturist. His love of the outdoors started as a Boy Scout, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1955. Later in life, he passed on his knowledge and love for the outdoors to hundreds of young men as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 911 in the San Francisco Bay Area Council.



Many, many terms of endearment can be used to describe Bill Hogan. Of all that can be chosen, perhaps the most fitting and universal word is “passionate”. He was passionate about his wife, about his family, about his work, about the outdoors and about life in general. He had great zeal for life and faced his own mortality with the bravery befitting a hero.

Per Bill’s request, no public memorial service will be held, however, family and friends will gather in a celebration of his life. Bill will be truly missed by all who knew him.




Memorial donations can be made on Bill’s behalf to The Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, CA 95945.


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