Dean Hoge, 71, of Catholic University's Life Cycle Institute

NCR has the obit. I interacted with Dean Hogeas a journalist, and have to agree with the NCR lede that he was but "an unparalleled figure in the field of sociology of religion," and a Presbyterian who did as much to fosterconstructive study of the Catholic Church (and in particular the priesthood)as any Catholic.But I think Bill D'Antonio's take on Hoge's character was at the heart of it, and his legacy:

While he was first and foremost a scholar, Id have to say that I dont know of a person who was more a Christian throughout his life, said friend and colleague, William DAntonio, who worked in recent years with Hoge at Catholic Universitys Life Cycle Institute. He was a shy person, but treated others with an easy grace as he attempted to live the Gospel.

That always, alwayscame through, in my interactions with him. A memorial service is being planned for Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church in Takoma Park, Maryland. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church (Hoge Memorial Fund).

David Gibson is the director of Fordham’s Center on Religion & Culture.

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