24 May 2013
KOKOMO, Ind. — Dr. Victor Bogle changed the lives of thousands of Indiana residents.
This week, Bogle's family, friends, and colleagues gathered at Indiana University Kokomo to remember the campus's first chancellor, dedicating a granite tribute bench in his honor.
Daughter April Bogle sees his legacy as the regional campus he built, and his gifts of kindness, wisdom and inspiration.
"He created IU Kokomo with his heart and soul, and because he did so, thousands of people in north central Indiana have been able to expand their minds, aspire to be and do more, and to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities," she said.
Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said Bogle is her example of servant leadership, as she follows in his footsteps. He was chancellor from 1959 to 1979, and retired from the faculty in 1992.
"There was nothing here, and he built this campus, and made it what it is today," she said.
Bogle's leadership guided the campus from an IU Extension Center into a degree-granting institution, bringing greater educational opportunity to north central Indiana.
He oversaw construction of the campus in 1965, and added beauty to it, commissioning Bob Hamilton to create "The Phoenix" sculpture that still sits in front of the Main Building. He led its first Commencement ceremonies in 1970, helping bestow its first four-year degrees.
Bogle was a champion of educational innovation, implementing Project Outreach to provide classes in Logansport, Tipton, Peru, and other communities. He and his wife established the Chancellor and Mrs. Victor Bogle Scholarship for students studying history or political science.
In 2000, Bogle received Indiana's highest service citation, the Sagamore of the Wabash, from Gov. Frank O'Bannon.
His friends remembered him not only for his outstanding achievements, but because he was a scholar-teacher, kind, compassionate, modest, and inquisitive.
Sciame-Giesecke shared her own personal memories of Bogle, from her days as a young assistant professor. During the 1977-1978 blizzard, she was snowed in for a week in her one-bedroom apartment.
"Every day I received a phone call from Chancellor Bogle, asking if I was OK, and if I had enough food," she said. "It meant a lot to me that he cared."
April Bogle said when her father passed away on October 16, 2011, he left no instructions for how he wanted to be memorialized.
"We had to make some decisions without him, and one was to find a respectful way to memorialize him and to honor the contributions he made to this university, this community, this life on earth," she said.
She and her mother, Fern Bogle, and sister, Heather Bogle, chose the bench, placed outside the Main Building.
"Victor Bogle's name won't be found in any cemetery or mausoleum, but it will be right here, where it should be, at IU Kokomo. We're pretty sure he's happy about that," she said.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.