J.H. (Jim) Hogg
Jim Hogg passed away at Medicine Hat on April 12, 2003, nine days before his 77th birthday.
Jim was born at Kegworth, Saskatchewan on April 21, 1926 and he was always proud that he shared his birthday with Queen Elizabeth. Jim spent his childhood on the farm during the "dirty thirties" where he learned hard work ethics and helping others.
Jim attended Luther College in Regina and went on to graduate with a P.Eng. from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. He articled under Harold Brown, ALS in Lethbridge and was granted Alberta Land Surveyor commission #190 in 1953. Jim also obtained SLS and CLS commissions.
In 1956, Jim moved to Medicine Hat where he opened a land survey and engineering office. From there, Jim undertook engineering projects in Alberta and Saskatchewan and land surveys throughout the western provinces. Jim never retired and was still active in engineering several weeks before his passing.
Jim raised a family of two boys and one girl. He was predeceased by his wife, Kaye, in 1996.
After Jim's passing, the Medicine Hat News ran a headline story, "Hat remembers Hogg's volunteer efforts." Helping family, friends and others was always a big part of Jim's life. He is estimated to have spent about 25,000 hours volunteering over the past 50 years. He volunteered with the Kinsmen, Boy Scouts, Seniors Advisory Committee, the Alberta Council on Aging, the Cardiac Support Group, the Alberta Senior Citizens Sport and Recreation Association, Senior Games, New Generations and others.
In 2002, Jim was honoured with a Volunteer Wall of Fame Award at the Legislature and, this year, he received a Queen's Jubilee Medal. Although Jim did not look for glory, he was proud to be recognized with these awards.
I have known Jim Hogg since my first real job at Brown & Hogg Surveys forty-one years ago. He was always friendly, an interesting and colorful person and I am sure that he will be missed by all who knew him.