Wilbur Hogg

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Wilbur Emory Hogg (1916 – May 10, 1986[1]) was the sixth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany in the United States from 1974 until 1984.

Early life[edit]

Hogg was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and attended Brown University and Philadelphia Divinity School.[2] He was ordained a priest in 1941, and served as a curate, and later rector, at St. Mary's in Burlington, New Jersey until 1951.[1] He served from 1951 to 1954 as a chaplain in the United States Army.[1] Hogg was a priest at St. Mary the Virgin in Falmouth, Maine for 14 years, from 1954 to 1968.[1][2]

Hogg was Dean of the Saint Luke's Cathedral in Portland, Maine from 1968 to 1974.[2][3]

Bishop of Albany[edit]

Hogg was elected Bishop of Albany in 1974, for which he expressed surprise.[2][4][5][6] He was consecrated and installed that year in the cathedra in the choir at the Cathedral of All Saints, as the 6th Bishop of Albany.[4][6] Erastus Corning 2nd, the mayor of Albany at the time, attended his consecration liturgy.[7]

Hogg was known to be a conservative, evangelistic,[8] anti-feminist and anti-gay rights.[9][10] He banned the LGBT group Integrity from the Cathedral in 1983.[11] However, he ordained some of the first female "perpetual" or permanent deacons in the diocese.[12]

Hogg was an organizer of a conference on "Evangelical Catholicism" in 1977.[8] In preparation for the Lake Placid Olympics, Hogg "requested funding of the ecumenical religious ministry at the 1980 Olympic Winter Cames at Lake Placid, N.Y."[13] He was also active in ecumenism with the Roman Catholic Church, encouraging the merger of schools of the two different denominations into Doane Stuart School in 1975.[14]

On October 10, 1983, David Ball, then Dean of the Cathedral of All Saints, was elected Bishop coadjutor of Albany.[4][5][15][16] Ball was consecrated in early 1984 under apostolic succession by Presiding Bishop John Maury Allin,[17] bishop David E. Richards, formerly suffragan of Albany and then bishop of the Anglican diocese of Central America, and Hogg.[18] Hogg retired within the year.[4][5] He died two years later, in 1986.[1]

Lota Hogg[edit]

Hogg was married to the former Lota W. Curtis,[1][2] who was born in 1912, and who died in Albany in 1979.[1][19] Lota Hogg was an accomplished music teacher at Middlebury College, having received both bachelor's and master's degrees in musicology from Yale University.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Rev. Wilbur Hogg Dies at 69; Ex-Albany Episcopal Bishop", UPI, found at New York Times, May 12, 1986, see New York Times Obituary. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Will Head Albany Episcopal Diocese", Associated Press story, found in Palladium-Times, October 24, 1973, see Fulton History website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  3. ^ Obituary of his Secretary, "Barbara Ann McGovern, 1999-04-15," found at Obituary Central website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d History of the Albany Episcopal Diocese. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c The Episcopal Church Annual (2004 Morehouse Publishing), ISBN 0-8192-1970-3, found at Google Books website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  6. ^ a b Another source states the year as 1973, but this is probably mistaken; see St. Luke's Saranac Lake website History page. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  7. ^ Albany Institute collections website Papers of Erastus Corning. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  8. ^ a b Episcopal Church archives. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  9. ^ Virtue Online website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  10. ^ Stand Firm in Faith website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  11. ^ Louie Crew, "Where Are We Going?" First appeared in Integer 42 (1983): 6-7. Found at Rutgers U. website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  12. ^ St. Andrews's Scotia website History page. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  13. ^ Episcopal News Service. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  14. ^ Heart magazine, December 2008, p. 14, found at [www.rscj.org/component/option,com_docman/task,doc_download/gid,285/Itemid,9/ - RSCJ website] (pdf document). Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  15. ^ "Bishop-Elect Chosen", Associated Press story, found in Palladium Times, October 11, 1983, see Fulton History website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  16. ^ "Western Massachusetts, Albany Elect Bishops," press release, found at Episcopal News Service archives. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  17. ^ See List of Presiding Bishops in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America
  18. ^ San Joaquin Apostolic Succession datapgb
  19. ^ Hodge's World website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  20. ^ "Festival of Praise Planned for June," Altamont Enterprise, 1975, n.d., found at Historic Newspapers website. Retrieved January 6, 2009.

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Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
Allen W. Brown
Bishop of Albany
Succeeded by
David Ball