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UPDATE: Incoming MRH Board Member Alex Hogue Dies

The Richmond Heights resident was well known among the people associated with district's middle and high school communities.

Incoming Maplewood Richmond Heights Board of Education member Alex Hogue has died, the board's president said Monday.

Hogue died suddenly Sunday night, board President Maria Langston said. His family had not released additional details about his passing. Details about funeral arrangements were not immediately available.

"He was a very nice man," Langston said. Hogue had been as a board member in April, and the board had already been working with him on several issues of importance to the district.

Hogue was a resident of Richmond Heights' and a frequent attendee at City Council meetings.

His son attends in Maplewood.

Hogue was a resident of Richmond Heights' Hadley Township neighborhood and a frequent attendee at City Council meetings.

Reggie Finney lived across the street from Hogue, whom he described as a family man concerned about issues related to children at the schools and the .

"He worked very hard on both of these issues," Finney said.

Hogue was a lifelong Richmond Heights resident.

He served for nearly 19 years as a firefighter with the St. Louis City Fire Department, Capt. Dan Sutter said.

"I think he was well liked and respected by his peers," Sutter said. He said that while that phrase is often used, it was true for Hogue.

Ryan Martin March 15, 2011 at 07:25 PM
Thank you for sharing your feelings, Alexandria. We're deeply sorry for your loss. I didn't know your father personally, but I've only heard amazing things about him.
Janine Massey March 17, 2011 at 05:02 AM
I have been friends with Alex for a long time. WHY, because he is my husbands cousin, and our son, Chase, always loves to mess with Alex!! Chase, told Alex, you are not a real firefighter your hat, coat, and boots are not dirt T!! What? Alex, say? Because I had to wash them all up last night, I had to go and be the color, flag,& marching, guard today to bury TWO firefighters my friends!! Chase, said Oh Uncle Alex, I'm sorry I was just kidding you know I want to be a FIREFIGHTER!!
Pat McMackin March 18, 2011 at 02:49 AM
Alex gets a lot of well deserved credit for his support of athletics in the MRH District. He was also a leading force in making sure the academic program delivered. He supported crack-of-dawn study halls and wanted the student athletes to succeed as students every bit as much as he wanted them to do their best in sports. He was ready to remind any student or teacher who slacked off how important academic success is. I only knew him this last year, but was deeply impressed by his connection to the community and readiness to step up when something could be better for the students.
Gwendolyn Donnell March 18, 2011 at 05:27 AM
I could always count on Mr. Hogue to make biweekly visits to my office regarding his son's progress. Last Friday we were joking around as to if I should approach him as a parent or board member. He laughed and said, "I'm both today, what you see now at the Academic Celebration is a board member. I'll be down in your office as a parent. I'm so happy he came down. I never would have thought that would be our last conversation. At that time we talked about everything he valued, his son, the community and how excited he was to have an opportunity to serve on the school board. Alex Hogue will be greatly missed at MRH High. I value and appreciate the support he provided to the high school.
Sallie Rusan March 18, 2011 at 05:55 PM
We will truly miss the joy, laughter, and the good times with Alex aka.(Waffle-Jaws & Mr. Ma-Goo) cousin. His extended family the Hogues and Lawrences will miss him greatly. He was one loving cousin, always doing things his way. May he rest in peace with the Lord.... For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. - Ephesians 2:10.

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