Catherine Cox Fogle, age 100, died on February 14, 2013, at the Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was born in Kinston, N.C., the daughter of John Gabriel and Catherine Pace Cox, and was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Richard Harter Fogle. She grew up in Kinston and attended college at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh and then UNC-Greensboro (then Woman’s College). During the summers of her college years, Catherine worked in an Episcopal settlement house on New York City’s lower east side and took courses at Columbia University.
Following college, Catherine taught school in both Highpoint and Fayetteville. In 1936 she applied to teach at the Bishop Brent Episcopal Boarding School in Baguio, Philippines. Brent was the only American boarding school in the Far East at that time and many of its students were the children of American military and diplomatic families, including John Eisenhower whose father, Dwight Eisenhower, was a colonel on General MacArthur’s staff in Manila. It was at Brent School that she met her husband-to-be, Richard, who was the school’s English/Latin teacher and baseball/basketball coach. He introduced himself by claiming that he “could sing every word of every Gilbert & Sullivan operetta.” During school vacation in 1937 she and other Brent School teachers traveled by freighter to Bali and Java in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), Vietnam and Cambodia, where they were among the few early 20th century Western visitors toAngkor Wat.
Following their return to the United States in 1938, Catherine and Richard were married in 1939. They moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where Richard began graduate studies in American and English Literature and Catherine worked for the University’s Athletic Department. In 1946, Richard joined the English faculty of Tulane University in New Orleans. During their twenty years in New Orleans, Catherine raised their two children, volunteered in church and university activities and enjoyed jazz musician funerals and other unique New Orleans traditions. In 1966, they moved to Chapel Hill where Richard joined the UNC-CH English Department.
Catherine was an inveterate traveler throughout her life. She revisited the Philippines in the 1960s with Richard and daughter Faith. She traveled by sea to a range of destinations, including Greece, Egypt, Great Britain, Senegal the Caribbean and China. Closer to home, she loved visiting Morehead City and Beaufort, which she had also done as a child. Her example may have influenced daughter Faith and granddaughter Amanda to serve as Peace Corps Volunteers in West Africa and daughter Catherine to a career in international health programs. Catherine was a Tar Heel basketball fan and continued to hold Dean Dome season tickets to age 100.
Catherine is survived by her two daughters, Catherine Harter Fogle of Falls Church, VA, and Faith Underhill Fogle of Providence, R.I.; and her only grandchild, Amanda Harter Fogle-Donmoyer of Washington, D.C. She is also survived by her niece Joanna Pace Muzinich Hicks and her husband Harvey, Jr. of Raleigh, her grandniece, Johanna Hicks Schoenrock, her husband Jason, and their three children, Katherine Pace Schroenrock, Jacob Alan Schoenrock and Samuel Tyler Schoenrock of Denver, N.C. She is also survived by her grandnephew Peter-John Galen Hicks, his wife Sarah, and their four children, Solomon Joel Hicks, Judah Ezekiel Hicks, Miriam Ruth Hicks and Benjamin Boaz Hicks, of Raleigh, N.C, and by her cousins Elizabeth Pace Barnes of Miami, Florida, Diana Barnes James of Wilson, N.C. and her two children, Pace James Voves of Portland, Oregon and David James, Jr. of Wilson, N.C. Additional survivors include cousins Page Thomas Smith, Allen Thomas Jr., Tartt Barnes Thomas of Wilson, N.C. and cousins Mary Eliza Smith Duckett of High Point, N.C., William Smith and Susan Smith Johnson of Raleigh and John T. Smith of Wilson, NC.
Funeral services were held at the Chapel of the Cross on Saturday, March 2, 2013. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Catherine’s name may be made to: Friends of the Library, Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University Library, P.O. Box 8890, 239 Davis Library, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8890 or to the UNC Program in the Humanities, 1700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Campus Box 3425, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-3425.