Richard L. Fogg ’59

Richard L. Fogg ’59 died on April 7, 2021 in Sonoma, California. 

(The following was published by the Sonoma Index-Tribune on April 18, 2021) 

Richard Lloyd Fogg (Dick) passed away peacefully at home on April 7 after an eight month battle with acute myeloblastic leukemia. He was 84.

Dick was born on January 22, 1937 in Boston, MA, to Mildred Cass Fogg and Dr. Lloyd Clarke Fogg. He was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Lyman Babcock Fogg of Vernon, CT.

Dick attended public schools in Newton, MA, where he was class president, and the Belmont Hill School and he graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and lettered in cross country and track.  He received his MBA from the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Dick began his business career in brand management at Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati, OH. His business trail next took him to San Francisco as an account executive for Guild Bascom and Bonfigli Advertising.  He went on to work in brand management at Hunt Wesson Foods in Fullerton, CA, as marketing director.  While with Amfac Foods in Portland, OR, he became president of one of their subsidiaries, Fisher Cheese Company in Lima, OH.  Next came Land O’ Lakes in Arden Hills, MN, where he was chief operating officer and executive vice president.  After a stint as president of Orval Kent Foods in Chicago, IL, he retired to Sonoma in 1997.  Along the way he served as a PTA president, fundraising chair for United Way of St. Paul, MN, and was elected to the city council in North Oaks, MN.

In Sonoma he served on the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission and was instrumental in developing the 2020 Sonoma County General Plan as chair. He spent many years on the Sonoma County Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. He was an advisor to Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Strategic Planning and Finance Committees. He was a board member and board chair of Partnership Health Plan for many years.

Dick met and married his wife, Carrie Kane, while both were working in San Francisco. Their three children, Amanda, Jennifer, and Tim were born in Fullerton during his time with Hunt Wesson.

Favorite family vacations were spent white-water rafting the mighty western rivers. Dick holds the dubious distinction of accidentally body surfing Clavey Falls on the Tuolumne River, a class 5 rapid. Road trips with the kids to historic destinations and state and national parks in the old orange Volvo were always an adventure. Together he and Carrie visited six continents, only missing Antarctica because their ship caught fire, so that year they went to the North Pole instead.

Dick was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and a season ticket holder for the Cal Bears football team. He spent many happy moments puttering in the garden and sitting in the sun on the deck reading the New York Times. He was a kind man of great integrity and a gentle sense of humor, known to his grandkids as Boppa.

Dick is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Carolyn Kane Fogg, his children, Amanda Fogg of Eagan, MN, Jennifer Eiklenborg (Travis) of Blaine, MN, and Timothy Fogg of Sonoma, grandchildren Colton and Gwen Eiklenborg of Blaine MN, his sister-in-law, Susie Kane Singer (Steve) of Alta, WY, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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