Hoggard, John Thomas, 1876-1965
- Existence: 1876-12-27-1965-08-17- 1876 December 27 - 1965 August 17 - 1965-08-17
Dr. John Hoggard had a long and varied life. He was born in Aulander, North Carolina and completed his undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University. After earning his medical degree from Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Hoggard practiced in Aulander, Atkinson and later Wilmington. Dr. Hoggard served in the Spanish-American War attached to Teddy Roosevelt's regiment in Cuba. He also completed a tour of duty during World War I. Dr. Hoggard's numerous business interests included; founder of Tom's Drug Company, director of Cooperative Savings and Loan Bank and as well as one of the organizers of the Morris Plan Bank, which later became Bank of Wilmington. He held the position of Chairman of the Board of Education in New Hanover County from 1935 to 1952 when Wilmington College emerged under the control of this Board. Dr. Hoggard delivered the first commencement address to the graduates of class of 1949. Later, Dr. Hoggard served as the second president of Wilmington College from 1949 to 1958. He established the Hoggard Medal of Achievement Award given to the student showing the most improvement during their years at UNCW. After retiring as president, Dr. Hoggard continued to serve the college on the Board of Trustees until his death in 1965. Hoggard Hall stands as a tribute to his many contributions in the development of this campus.