Lois M. Vogt, 73, office manager

November 21, 1994|By Timothy Wheeler | Timothy Wheeler,Sun Staff Writer

Lois M. Vogt, a retired office manager who was active in community and church affairs, died of cardiac arrest Thursday at her home in Towson.

Mrs. Vogt, who was 73, worked 25 years for the Diffraction Co. of Sparks. She helped the company produce millions of hologram and diffraction disk designs, the reflective metal films used on stickers and credit cards.

She managed the office through the company's expansion and relocation to an industrial park in Sparks until her retirement in 1992.

Mrs. Vogt stayed busy with alumni, church and civic activities. She was president of the Radcliffe Club of Baltimore, lay leader for Grace United Methodist Church and a leader in church organizations. She also was editor of the Francis Scott Key chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and administered scholarships for the local Soroptomists International Club.

"She was really for social activism -- helping out people," said a son, Charles Vogt of Olathe, Kan.

Mrs. Vogt was born in Danbury, Conn., and graduated in 1942 from Radcliffe College, where she majored in Renaissance art.

Married during World War II, Mrs. Vogt moved around the country as her husband, Kurt F. Vogt, was transferred in the Army Medical Corps. During one assignment in St. Louis she worked for the American Red Cross helping servicemen's families obtain help or medical furloughs for their sons.

After the war, she worked for the United Nations in New York City as head of the correspondence unit, where she was a French interpreter.

"She was one of the first people hired by the U.N. to do that," her son said.

While in New York, she exhibited paintings, primarily abstracts and landscapes, several times at the Finger Lakes Exhibits.

After stays in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and St. Louis, she and her family moved to the Baltimore area in 1966, settling in Towson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St.

Her husband of 44 years died in 1986.

In addition to her son, she is survived by a sister, Ruth French of Granby, Mass.; two other sons, George Vogt of Portland, Ore., and Jay Vogt of Concord, Mass.; and five grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to the church's endowment fund or the United Nations International Children's Emergency Relief (UNICEF), 8 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson 21204.

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