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‘Father of UMass Lowell’ to be Honored at Memorial Event

Celebration for Campus, Community to Pay Tribute to William Hogan

Former UMass Lowell Chancellor William Hogan
The university will honor the life and legacy of William Hogan on Friday, Oct. 13 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.


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WHAT: Members of the UMass Lowell community and the public will come together for a memorial reception to honor the life of William Hogan, the university’s first chancellor, who passed away in June.

WHEN AND WHERE: The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell. Members of the media who wish to cover the event may contact UMass Lowell media relations for directions and parking information.
BACKGROUND: Hogan began his career in academia as a faculty member. Across four decades, he worked tirelessly to expand opportunities for students and to strengthen the university’s education and research programs, rising to become dean of engineering and later, the university’s president. Known as “the father of UMass Lowell,” in 1991 he became the university’s first chancellor when it joined the UMass system. His legacy can be seen everywhere on campus, as UMass Lowell has grown into a public doctoral research institution of national stature. 

The university’s students, faculty and staff, along with the community, are indebted to and grateful for Hogan’s many contributions to the UMass Lowell experience of today, UMass Lowell officials said. Speakers who will offer their remembrances of Hogan during the memorial celebration are expected to include former state Sen. Steven Panagiotakos; UMass President Marty Meehan; UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney; UMass Lowell political science Prof. John Wooding; and Thomas Costello, UMass Lowell professor emeritus of computer science. 

The new William T. Hogan Scholarship Fund for Innovation and Engagement is one way UMass Lowell will continue to honor Hogan and his legacy. Members of the public interested in donating to the scholarship fund may do so at