American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Charles F. Hogeboom, 1876-1944

  • In Memoriam
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  • Publication Year: 1945



Charles F. Hogeboom was born in New York City on April 15, 1876, and died there on November 19, 1944. He was educated in public and private schools and trained as an architect in Chicago. He passed most of his business life in New York City, being especially interested in hospital design. For many years, prior to his retirement three years ago, he had been with James Gamble Rogers, and in that association took part in the planning of Yale University library, and was supervising architect during its construction. The building carries a bas-relief of him, together with those of others who had prominent parts in its creation

An enthusiastic out-of-doors man and long time member of the Fresh Air Club of New York City, he became a member of the Alpine Club of Canada in 1914 (later serving as Chairman of the New York section) and of the American Alpine Club in 1926. He had ascended a small group of the higher and more difficult peaks of the Canadian Rockies, including first ascents of Mts. Queen Mary and Birdwood. He counted it as a great misfortune that his profession kept him busiest during the climbing season and limited his opportunities for mountaineering. He was a skillful rock climber and a dependable leader, with a remarkable faculty for route finding.

A devotee of all that was best in literature and music, he was of a modest and retiring disposition, and only those who knew him intimately could fully appreciate his scholarly attainments and lovable personality.


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