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Long time educator and former Will Rogers Memorial employee


Life has changed for Andy Hogan, an educator more than 30 years. After retiring as an elementary school principal, he says his interests are long distance running, bow hunting and anything to do with Will Rogers. He relates personally to the man he touted in his duties at the Claremore Will Rogers Memorial. From 2004 until 2022, he was the Museum’s historical guide and Will Rogers’ interpreter, especially involved with bus tours and school groups. He wore his Will Rogers hat and with rope in hand, lead tours through the Museum’s nine galleries filled with art, artifacts and memorabilia relating to the life and times or the American legend born in Oologah, Indian Territory.

Hogan acquainted himself with the chatty ways of Will Rogers and with a long history in the classroom relates to children as well as adults. An Oklahoma native born on Tulsa’s east side, he lived on Route 66 where “everything that went through the world went in front of our house.” He graduated from East Central High School in Tulsa, and then earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northeastern State University, Tahlequah. Hogan’s first teaching assignment was junior high English at Sand Springs. He went from there to Barnsdall, then a dependent district (now Osage Academy Central) where he was a teacher, principal, bus driver and coach. He came to Claremore in 1975 as Claremont Elementary School principal – a post

he held for 21 years.

After retiring Hogan from his education career he also helped open the Claremore Recreation Center in 1999 and worked there until joining the museum staff. He officiated football and basketball more than 40 years until retiring in 2007. He was inducted into the Greater Tulsa Officials Association Hall of Fame. He and his wire, Jan have four children and nine grandchildren.

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