The School of Music and Dance lost a true treasure yesterday with the passing of Dr. Merle Hogg. Merle was the colleague everyone aspired to be; creative, caring, constant. Merle was the teacher every student wanted to have. He was such a decent and kind soul to thousands of students and faculty during his time at SDSU. Our prayers and thoughts are with his wife Lynn Eddington-Hogg.
Merle E. Hogg was born in Lincoln, Kansas, where he attended the public schools. He completed his undergraduate studies at Emporia State University following service in the Navy. After two years of teaching in the public schools, he began graduate study at the University of Iowa where he earned the MA, MFA, and PhD degrees. During the summer of 1960 he attended the Ecoles d’ Art Americaines at Fontainebleau, France, where he studied composition with Nadia Boulanger and trombone with Gabriel Masson and Jean Douay.
He was a member of the music faculty at Eastern New Mexico State University for nine years and from 1962-1992 was a member of the music faculty at San Diego State University. He was also a former member of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the San Diego Opera Orchestra.
During his time on the faculty at SDSU Merle taught a wide-variety of courses including music theory, composition, band, and trombone. Although he officially retired in 1992, Merle continued working at SDSU for 20 more years as an adjunct professor and volunteer tutor until May 2012. He taught music theory and mentored students. You could often hear him in his office playing trombone duets with students.
We have lost a truly stalwart man. He has shaped the lives and curriculum of the School with integrity and compassion. We carry on in his honor.
- Charles Friedrichs, Director, School of Music and Dance