Joseph Hogan

 (former acting head teacher)

20th May 1929 to 29th October 2006

 

Joe Hogan prepared for the priesthood and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1956. He was posted to Nigeria where he devoted his time working in a number of villages and helping to set up village schools. He was attached to the Teacher Training College and his work was greatly valued by the community.

 Throughout his life, Joe Hogan worked selflessly to help and support others. All of us who were privileged to work with Joe have enormous respect and admiration with his dedication, generosity, kindness, ability to relate to others, and his gentleness. A good listener, always willing to help. 

Joe returned from Nigeria in 1970. He must have thought deeply and very seriously before he made the decision to leave the priesthood. His determination to help others never diminished. Joe believed that becoming a teacher would strengthen his quest to help and support others. 

Joe attended Avery Hill Teachers College and completed successfully the PGCE course for prospective teachers. He did his teaching practice at Charlton School where he was offered a job. He taught Religious Education and worked in the Special Needs Department. Joe left Charlton in 1973 for Sir Williams Collins School where he was Head of Year. In addition he taught RE. 

In January 1975 Joe went to Holloway School as Senior Master was then promoted to Deputy Head Teacher and then Acting Head Teacher for two years. He retired in 1988. 

Characteristically, Joe worked hard and was a great support to those who worked and studied in Holloway School. He was greatly missed. 

Joe was not for retiring. He worked for six years at Middlesex University as part-time Ecumenical Chaplain. He also worked at the Islington Sixth Form Centre. 

In retirement he served as a school governor at his parish school and continued his mission of helping the needy by visiting nursing homes. He also did an enormous amount of work in his parish. 

His friends and colleagues will remember Joe Hogan for his kindness, generosity, sense of humour, and outstanding record of serving others.

 He is survived by his wife.