Fredrick Neil Hogg graduated from Washington State University earning first his bachelor’s degree in 1966 and a Master’s Degree in Communication in 1968 from what is now The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. Fred was an active member of the campus community. He was a leader amongst his peers in the communications department, on the football field as a star tackle and the stage as an award-winning actor. Fred appreciated the university experience to its fullest, and as a committed member of the ROTC did so with a sense of pride and duty to Country.
Fred worked on-air and behind the scenes at both KUGR and KWSC under the direction of Robert Mott and Cal Watson. Mott and Watson used these stations as a beta test for what would later become National Public Radio. Fred was committed to his craft and played an active role in the success of the pioneering educational stations and concept. Fred served in leadership positions within Alpha Epsilon Rho, the national radio, and TV honorary society. Fred was recognized for his contributions to the department his senior year with the Edward R. Murrow Award for Men, the department’s highest honor.
Fred had a diverse set of interest and talents. He played tackle for the WSU football on an athletics scholarship and was even asked to participate in the Cougar All Stars game years after graduation. Fred had a passion for the dramatic arts and took part in many Pullman-based theater productions. He earned a ‘best-supporting actor’ award from the National Collegiate Dramatic Players for his role as ‘Mitch’ in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Fred was a light and positive force on campus and in the community, surrounding himself with like-minded people. While attending WSU, he met and fell in love with Diane, the apple of his eye and wife of 50+ years. Fred graduated at the top of his class for his undergraduate degree and went on to complete his Masters. While his classmates and peers were getting ready to walk the stage for graduation, Fred was in route to Vietnam in service to his country.
Upon returning from Vietnam, Fred and Diane would settle in Southern California to help with operations at their family business. During this time, he would have two children, Christina and Wade, and dedicate his time to both the business and family.
Although he did not pursue a career in broadcasting or radio, he always used his skills in the pursuit of giving. Over the years he led Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Camp Fire Girls, Rotary International and aided in helping many other organizations. Being a trained circus clown and magician, his ability to use his skillset honed at WSU was one of the greatest things he had to offer. During this time in his life, Fred received numerous awards and accolades, including the highest award that Boy Scouts can give to a volunteer—a heroism award presented to him for his efforts to save a man’s life on a mountainside in New Mexico at the scout camp Philmont.
In 1991, Fred moved his business and family to the Pacific Northwest. As a college student, he fell in love with the area and vowed to return at some point. Hogg & Davis Inc. operations relocated to Odell, Oregon in 1991 and Fred’s son Wade continues to run the business since his graduation from WSU in 1995.
Fred and Diane helped raise many grandchildren and spent a modest amount of time traveling for business and pleasure. Enjoying time on their boat on the Columbia River, or setting on the walk in Maui with friends, Fred and Diane enjoyed much time together.
Through all of this, two things always stood out, The Palouse and Patriotism. In some way, these two elements seemed to always find their way into whatever Fred and Diane accomplished.
Fred N. Hogg Endowed Scholarship in Communication
The distributions from this fund shall be used to provide a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition and educational expenses for one student majoring in Communication at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
A pledge over time, the Fred N. Hogg Endowed Scholarship in Communication will begin distribution next year, with the first scholarship of about $18,000 for up to four years of academic study. The award will increase annually, and distributions from this fund will be used to provide a scholarship to cover the full cost of tuition and educational expenses for one undergraduate student majoring in Communication at Murrow College. The award is renewable annually for up to four years.
Military veterans, students active in the ROTC or serving in the National Guard with a minimum GPA of 3.5 will receive primary consideration. If there are no applicants that meet the primary criteria, the scholarship gives secondary preference to a student with a minimum GPA of 3.5 who has directly transferred to the WSU Murrow College with an associate of arts or another transfer degree.
The Hogg family’s vision for this award is that it is directed in its entirety to make a significant impact on one student, rather than broken up into smaller awards. Their ultimate goal is to grow the endowment to provide a full tuition scholarship to one deserving student per year.
You can find out more information or contribute to the Fred N. Hogg Endowed Scholarship in Communications by donating online, or sending your gift to:
c/o WSU Murrow College
901 5th Ave Suite 2900
Seattle Washington, 98164
*Please make checks to The WSU Foundation and note on the memo that it is for the Fred N. Hogg Endowed Scholarship in Communications
For more information about the fund and how you can get involved please contact
Camille Perezselsky, Assistant Director of Development