Allan George Bogue, 95, died August 1, 2016. He was born May 12, 1921 to George and Eleta Britton Bogue in London, Ontario, Canada. He was a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison 1964-1991. Bogue's education includes; PhD: Cornell University (1951); MA: University of Western Ontario (1946); and BA: University of Western Ontario (1943). He served as a lieutenant while in the Royal Canadian Armored Corps, 1943-1949.
As an academic he began as a Lecturer in Economics and History at the University of Ontario, 1949-1952, was an Assistant Professor at State University of Iowa, and was the Chairmen of the Department of History, State University of Iowa, 1959-1963. In 1964 he became a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1968 he became the Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History. He was Chairman of the History Department from 1972-1973. He also served as a visiting professor at various universities including the Thord-Gray Lecturing Fellow, Uppsala University, Sweden, 1968 and in 1971-1972, was a visiting professor at Harvard University.
Bogue has won numerous awards for his work including, a Guggenheim Fellowship, 1970, Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Fellow (Cal Tech), 1975. He was elected and inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, 1985-1986 and shared in the Caughey Prize for best book in Western American history in previous year, 1995. He wrote 7 books including From Prairie to Corn Belt: Farming on the Illinois and Iowa Prairies in the Nineteenth Century, 1963, and Frederick Jackson Turner: Strange Roads Going Down, 1998. He also collaborated on 12 other books and published 73 articles during his career.
He served in numerous historical organizations as president, including: the Organization of American Historians; Agricultural History Society: Economic History Association; Social Science History Association. He was a fellow of the Agricultural History Society, an honorary life member of the Western History Association, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Margaret Bogue, Professor Emerita of the History Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, three daughters; Susan Bogue, Dekalb, IL, Margaret Bogue-Harper, her husband, Paul Harper, Minneapolis, MN, Ellie Bogue-Linsenmayer, her husband Steve Linsenmayer, grandson Alexander Linsenmayer and granddaughter Rachelle Linsenmayer, Fort Wayne, IN. He is also survived by a nephew Arthur Bogue, his wife, Ruth, of Glanworth Ontario, Canada and by his great nieces Lisa Bogue, Tracy Bogue and Elizabeth Bogue, a great-great-nephew Steffen Debacker, all of Ontario, Canada, and his faithful Samoyed dog, Rory. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, one brother and one niece.
Bogue had various hobbies outside of his career; he was a member of the Badger Kennel Club where he taught dog obedience for 20 years, and competed his Samoyeds in area obedience trials. An avid gardener, his Dahlias, which grew in the front yard, were much admired by the neighbors and those who walked by.
He and his wife were avid Badger basketball fans, holding season tickets for 44 years. A die hard Cubs fan, he was sure every spring they would win the World Series. He and his family have vacationed in northern Wisconsin since 1968 where all enjoyed canoeing, hiking, and bird watching. Always thinking about history, he planned many family vacations to include historic sites and one year the family even followed the Lewis and Clark Trail.
A private graveside service was held. A Celebration of Life will be held later.
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