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March 16, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Alumni News | Jonathon Hogue Dies Hiking at Island in the Sky

Jonathon Hogue, portrait outdoors

Jonathon Hogue

The Ohio University Geography Department mourns the loss of alumnus Jonathon Hogue ’18M.S., who was found dead March 15 at Island in the Sky in Canyonlands National Park.

Hogue served four years in the U.S. Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base before entering the Air Force Reserves at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. See his obituary in the Norwalk Reflector.

“The entire Department of Geography is shocked and saddened by the news of Jonathon’s tragic passing. He just completed his M.S. in Geography in May of 2018 with a 4.00 GPA and a robust thesis. He was not only a very intelligent young man with a promising future, but also a hardworking, reliable, and very likeable person. He was an excellent teaching assistant and an excellent departmental citizen. We would like to express our deepest sympathy to his family,” said Dr. Dorothy Sack, Professor and Chair of Geography at OHIO.

The (Iowa) Gazette reports:

A 33-year-old University of Iowa graduate student was found dead Friday in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park….

Hogue was a gradate teaching assistant at the UI working toward a Ph.D. in geography, the university said.

“We are saddened by the loss of a student from the Hawkeye family,” Vice President and Dean of Students Angie Reams said in a statement sent to UI students, faculty and staff Friday evening. “Our thoughts are with Jonathon’s family, friends and loved ones.”

…“(Hogue) is known to visit state and national parks, hike long distances and may go off trail and/or scramble,” the park posted on its Facebook page. “His dream was to be a park ranger.”

“This is indeed sad and unexpected news; Jon was one of the finest students I have had in my classroom and as TA,” said Ana Mojica Myers, Geography Instructor. “I am really sad to lose him, as a fellow alumni and as a professional, because I admired his dedication, discipline, and respect. He was always willing to help a fellow student and support my work in the classroom. This is definitely a great loss.”

“This news is heartbreaking. We worked so closely trying to make all of his UAV collected data materialize into a very innovative thesis, I’m truly saddened. He had great promise,” said Dr. James Lein, Professor of Geography.

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