Gary Allan Bogar
1938 - Nov. 8, 2013
Gary Allan Bogar died Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, after a gallant battle with leukemia. He was 75. Gary was surrounded by this loving wife and children and supported by the outstanding staff at the Denver Hospice in Denver, Colo.
Gary was born in Kansas City in 1938 to Giles Sanford and Elva Merle Bogar. He grew up in a close-knit community of friends and family in Freeman. Gary enjoyed participating in sports and in particular had a great love for baseball. After graduating from Freeman High School, Gary attended the University of Colorado for one semester before transferring to Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State University) in Kirksville where he met Wilma Scott after a football game in October 1957. He became a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. They were married 1 1⁄2 years later on May 23, 1959, and Gary graduated with a B.S. in mathematics in May 1960. He stayed in Kirksville for an additional year as a teaching assistant to take more extensive course work. During that time, their first daughter Kristina was born. In the fall of 1961, Gary began his work on his masters degree at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., and their second daughter Lisa was born in 1962. Gary earned his masters degree in May 1963 and moved his family to Oak Ridge, Tenn., where he worked for Oak Ridge National Laboratory for one year. During this time, he decided to pursue his doctorate and was accepted at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. Gary wrote his dissertation in Ordinary Differential Equations under advisement from Dr. J.S. Bradley. During this time, their third daughter Louisa was born in 1965. Gary received his doctorate in August 1968 and joined the faculty at Montana State University, Bozeman, in September 1968.
He spent the next 36 years at MSU, serving as an excellent teacher, mentor and advisor. Over the years, Gary had summer visiting research appointments at numerous institutions. He was at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 1975, at United Nuclear in 1979, and Boeing Computing Services in 1981. In 1990, he spent time at Cornell Supercomputing Institute and in 1991, he was at Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. On many of these appointments, he also took graduate students and involved them in current research projects that served to enhance their graduate education.
Gary saw the growth and development of the graduate programs in mathematics after his arrival in Bozeman. He directed the dissertation work of a Ph.D. student who finished in 1980, starting him on a long and successful career in the field of mathematics at Moorhead State University. He served on the graduate committees of many MSU graduate students.
Gary was the faculty advisor of the mathematics honorary, Pi Mu Epsilon, from 1972 to 1976. He also served two years on the National Program Committee for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), which is the premier society for applied mathematicians in the United States and around the world.
Gary was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus of Mathematics in July 2004 and continued on with post-retirement appointments for four more years, sharing his time and energy with students in the classroom.
Gary remained active in teaching and curriculum development.
In addition to his love of teaching and academics, Gary had a passion for the outdoors and sports. He would often reminisce about earlier hiking and backpacking trips with his friends in the math department. Some of them were quite the adventure.
After moving to Montana, Gary learned to ski and became involved with the Bridger Ski Foundation. He even skied one more season in 2011-2012 with his daughter, Lisa, and granddaughter, Leslie, after his stem cell treatment for leukemia.
Gary also loved to run. He started doing fun runs with the Wind Drinkers in the 1970s. From there, he participated regularly in the John Colter and Liver Eating Johnson races. In the 1980s, he went on to do several marathons before his knees started limiting the distances he could run.
In 1992, Gary and Wilma built a home in the Brackett Creek area, where they adopted three horses, multiple cats and several great dogs. They enjoyed sharing their place with their family and friends, but especially with their granddaughters, who were extremely special to him.
Besides having his family with him, Garys last request was to see his beloved dog, Pepper. With the generous help of the staff at the Hematologic Malignancies Department at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, Colo., and the volunteers with Pilots N Paws, Pepper arrived in Denver from Montana to be with him. It was a very special moment.
Gary is survived by his wife, Wilma; his daughters, Kristina, Lisa (Mark), Louisa (David) and his granddaughters, Leslie and Kaylee; his special aunt, Marie Mickelson, and numerous cousins. He also leaves behind many special friends and neighbors.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Pilgrim Congregation Church. A memorial and celebration of life will be in Freeman in mid-June. Details will follow and an announcement will be posted in the Cass County Democrat Missourian.