Weldon Hogie

Hogie, Weldon Age 97 of Northfield passed away Aug 8, 2017, in Mpls. He was born April 23, 1920, in Astoria, SD, to Ida (Iverson) and Albert Hogie. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State College in 1942 and then served as a US Army officer in World War II where he led the 1st Mobile Radio Broadcasting Company (Sec 3) in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany, broadcasting both propaganda and troop entertainment. After WWII he remained in Germany as Chief Engineer at Radio Stuttgart until Aug 1946, training staff and ensuring appropriate programming. He ended his WWII service as a Major. Citations included a bronze battle star and a silver star. He was called up for Korea in 1951 and did radio work there for 17 months. In the early 1950s he was one of the first engineers at WCCO TV where he developed the innovative split-screen technology used to produce the Bedtime Nooz program in the 1960's. He moved to Northfield, MN, in the late '60s and was Technical Director at the Associated Colleges Video Tape Project for many years. In retirement he was active in the Northfield HAM Radio group. He taught advanced photoshop classes at the Northfield Senior Center until he was 91. He was preceded in death by his parents; his older brother, Leander; his nephew, Arthur Hogie. He is survived by his niece Janet Avery, Golden Valley; his nephew, Keith Hogie (Paulette), Laurel, MD; his niece, Leanne Hogie (Mike), Hood River, OR; great nephews: Glenn Hogie, MD; David Keysser and Nathan Keysser, Mpls; and great niece, Jenna Hogie, TX. Those wishing to honor his memory might consider donating to Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, St. Louis Park; or Weldon Hogie Electrical Engineering Scholarship Fund of the South Dakota State University Foundation, Brookings, SD. Family service in Astoria, SD, at a later date.