Professor Emeritus Passes

Long-term Freshman Writing Director and UNM English Professor Emeritus, Michael Joseph Hogan passed away on March 29th, 2022. Hogan completed his B.A. and M.A.T at St. Benedict’s College, and came to UNM-English shortly after completing his doctorate in 1975 at the University of Kansas where he wrote his dissertation on the stylistics of American novelist John Hawkes. He revamped the Department’s writing program, set clear guidelines for teaching assistants and lecturers, and put the program in the forefront of the educational services provided by UNM to its students. Hogan’s wry sense of humor and consistently applied common sense contributed to his longevity as Director and to the accolades from those he supervised. With Peter C. Page, Hogan published the highly successful book, College Writing: A Workbook, a text that encouraged professionalism in student writers.

Over his long career at UNM, Hogan was the primary influence on how faculty across campus came to see writing skills for their students. He and his wife, Lisa A. Hogan, published their last article “‘Impertinent’ by  sentences in American Writing: A Cognitive Motivation,” in WORD: Journal of the International Linguistic Association shortly before he retired in 2003. Hogan leaves behind not only Lisa but son Jack, daughters Patricia and Tessa, and countless individuals who learned from him and prospered in their careers from his example. As one former colleague wrote of him, “May his spirit fly free of pain and sadness.”  

Provided by Professor Emerita, Lynn Beene.