Ralph B. Vogel
Ralph B. Vogel
  • April 1, 1933 - July 17, 2017
  • Hobe Sound, Florida

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Vogel, Ralph B. of Hobe Sound, Florida, and formerly of Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, died peacefully with his family around him on Monday, July 17th at age 84. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 1, 1933, the son of William D. and Virginia B. Vogel. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he attended the University School. He graduated from the Hotchkiss School in 1952 and Harvard College in 1956, where he was a member of the Hasty Pudding and the Delphic Club. After service in the United States Air Force, he married Mabel H. Harris on January 7, 1961 in Key West, Florida. He began his business career working for P&V Atlas in Milwaukee but soon thereafter joined the investment bank Smith Barney in New York. He was transferred to Smith Barney’s Boston office in 1964 and worked there as office head until 1980. He was a private trustee for various families and financial institutions from 1980 until his death.

Mr. Vogel was long-standing and dedicated member of several Harvard-related committees and on the board of numerous organizations, including The Trustees of Reservations, The New England Aquarium, Boston Children’s Service, the Vincent Memorial Hospital, Pine Manor College, the Hotchkiss School, Shore Country Day School, and the Myopia Hunt Club. As his life transitioned to Florida, he became deeply involved in the Boys & Girls Club of Martin Country, The Hobe Sound Nature Center, and Christ Memorial Chapel in Hobe Sound.

In addition to his wife Mabel, he is survived by his daughter, Virginia V. Yonce of So. Hamilton, Massachusetts; sons, William D. Vogel II of New York, New York and Ralph B. Vogel, Jr. of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; 9 grandchildren; his sister, Virginia V. Mattern of Stamford, Connecticut; and his brother, Frederick Vogel III of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was predeceased by his sister, Grace V. Aldworth of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Mr. Vogel will be remembered as a life-long outdoorsman. He loved working side-by-side with his dog as they explored the New England countryside for adventure. He was happiest marching through the woods on a crisp fall day with close family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at 2pm on August 29th at the Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton, Massachusetts and a memorial service will be held in November at Christ Memorial Chapel in Hobe Sound, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Vogel’s name to either the Boys & Girls Club of Martin County, P.O. Box 910, Hobe Sound, FL 33475 or The Hobe Sound Nature Center, PO Box 214, Hobe Sound, FL 33475.