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 Connecticut.
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 Maine. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and lettered in cross country 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, Ohio. 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 Oregon he became President of one of their subsidiaries, Fisher Cheese Company in Lima, Ohio. 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 6 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 54 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.
During this time of covid, a memorial will postponed to a later date. Meanwhile he would be pleased to have you raise a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc and enjoy the sunsets.
Memorials may be made to Bowdoin College in Brunswick Maine, Sonoma Valley Hospital, and Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma.
“Commit to the common good. Know who you are and what you stand for, but remember to adapt and evolve,. Listening is a much-underrated element of leadership. Use your talents in service to others. We live in a world that needs you.”
The Barry Mills Manifesto – President of Bowdoin College, 2001-2015
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