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Robert E. Hogan

Distinguished Engineer: 1986

Degree: Civil Engineering – 1950

Citation at Time of Nomination in 1986

Robert E. Hogan has an extensive following. To name a few supporters, Texas Tech Civil Engineering students speak of him as a friend, a teacher, and a role model. To the faculty, he is perceived as one of their most trusted and active advisors. The National Clay Pipe Institute presented their Distinguished Service Award to him, and his fellow consulting engineers elected him to national office. In his hometown of Terrell, Texas, he is an honored public servant and special friend: April 11, 1986, has been proclaimed "Robert E. Hogan Day" by the mayor of Terrell.

Bob Hogan graduated from Texas Tech with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1950. He entered Tech after two years at the Texas Military College in Terrell and became active as a Red Raider cheerleader, a Saddle Tramp, and a member of Kemas Fraternity, the forerunner of Phi Gamma Delta at Tech. First employed by the City of Dallas in the Department of Public Works, he served in the Korean War in an Air Installations Squadron of the U.S. Air Force. Since 1952, he has devoted his life to the private practice and improvement of civil engineering and has consulted on 2,500 projects for more than 200 clients in Texas and other Southwestern states.

In 1979, after working with Henningson, Durham & Richardson for nearly 20 years, he started the firm of Hogan & Rasor, Inc., and limited his service to municipalities and public entities. According to a recent article about Hogan in the Dallas Magazine, "he chose public service over private profit." Among many other major projects, Hogan has been responsible for storm drainage improvements at Love Field and an emergency water supply from the Red River, both for the city of Dallas; a 65–mile treated water supply pipeline for Texarkana and Northeast Texas; and a $25 million channel dam project for the Lower Rio Grande Valley. He was also responsible for the design of the Central Business District renovation in the City of Terrell.

A past president of Consulting Engineering Council of Texas, Mr. Hogan now serves as vice president of the American Consulting Engineers Council. He is the only Texas officer of this organization that represents 4,600 U.S. firms.

Bob and his wife, Patricia, are members of the Highland Park United Methodist Church. Bob is the proud father of Pat and James and the grandfather of Kristen and Steven. He is known as a brilliant communicator, an inspiring leader, a patient teacher, and an ardent historian who views the future with courageous optimism.

The College of Engineering proudly designates Robert E. Hogan as DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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