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November 24, 2009

The Death of Benjamin Preston Bogia

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Ben Bogia was one of the earliest clinical pastoral supervisors to throw his lot in with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy in the early 1990s, during a time when no one was sure we would be sustained as a professional community. He was present at the first Plenary meeting at Camp Bethel in Roanoke, Virginia.
Ben continued as a faithful and energetic leader in CPSP until his health began failing him recently. He founded one of the first CPSP Chapters in Kentucky, and assisted other Chapters to start up both in Kentucky and later in Maryland. For most of the early years of CPSP Ben was the Secretary of the Governing Council.

Ben was the kind of person who was not embarrassed to express a minority opinion, nor was he afraid to ruffle feathers. He was undaunted at finding himself in a minority position. The CPSP community has lost a strong and individuated voice with Ben’s passing. We hope his memory will inspire others to follow his strong example. -Raymond J. Lawrence, CPSP General Secretary


The following is the obituary of Benjamin Preston Bogia:

Benjamin Preston Bogia, 75, died at home in Princess Anne, MD, on November 19, 2009, of complications from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease). A patient of both Coastal Hospice and the ALS Clinic at the University of Maryland, he experienced the onset of the disease in early 2008, and was diagnosed in October, 2008.

Born in Wilmington, DE, on June 1, 1934, he was the son of the late Elva and Ben Bogia, and grew up with two younger brothers, Norman Bogia of Wilmington, DE, and Allison Bogia of Chicopee, MA, both of whom survive him. He attended Conrad High school, where he was active in music and drama.

He earned Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees at Maryville College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Kentucky. Ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church in 1959, he served in congregations and as an institutional Chaplain in Kansas, Kentucky and Maryland. As a Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education, he had direct influence on the lives of almost 900 students over the course of his career.

Married in 1956 to the former Lois Tinklenberg, he became the father of two sons, Richard Bogia of Topeka, KS and Douglas Bogia of Forest Grove, OR, all of whom survive him. That marriage ended in divorce in 1986, and he married again in 1987 to the former Geraldine Kay Myers of Princess Ann, MD, who also survives him.
After retirement from the University of Kentucky in 2000, he continued his education and became certified as a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Clinical Hypnotherapist, conducting a small private practice for the next 10 years.

His body will be cremated, with a memorial service to be held December 1, 2009 at Wicomico Presbyterian Church, Salisbury, MD. Clergy are invited to wear red stoles. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the ALS Association DC/MD/VA Chapter, Coastal Hospice, Salisbury, MD and/or the Mission Unit, New Castle Presbytery, 256 Chapman Road, Suite 205, Newark, Delaware 19702.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at November 24, 2009 6:15 PM

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