Stephen F. Hogan, a Navy veteran and C.W. Post adjunct professor, served for decades countering Soviet espionage during the Cold War and brought his hard-nosed skepticism to the classroom, according to colleagues and family.
The Bethpage resident died of congestive heart failure and kidney failure at Plainview Hospital/Northwell Health, said his daughter Clare Hogan. He was 90.
Much of Stephen Hogan’s work remains classified, but since his Feb. 17 death Newsday was able to piece together his career using public records, government documents, and information provided by his family and colleagues.
Hogan worked for decades at the U.S. Defense and Justice departments, including at the Pentagon’s investigative service as a special agent, where he analyzed the potential threats of Soviet hostage situations as well as briefed and interviewed personnel with connections to the Soviet bloc, according to his resume and other records.
He helped the U.S. Marines conduct training about intelligence matters for personnel who were to be deployed during wartime to the Soviet area and East German-dominated areas, according to the resume, and did research and analysis in the Office of Chief of Naval Operations, helping to oversee, collect and process intelligence.
For instance, Hogan was one of the agents who probed the Vietnam-era defection and analyzed the fallout of deserters, such as one from Huntington who went to Moscow and Sweden and accused America of atrocities. The Long Island deserter later returned to the United States and was sentenced to prison.
Before the military, Hogan had worked for the FBI for three years doing internal-security research, but left in 1953, during the reign of longtime director J. Edgar Hoover, because “he had to get out because he felt Hoover was so corrupt,” said daughter Clare Hogan, of Whitestone, Queens.
Michael A. Soupios, a political-science professor who knew Hogan at LIU beginning in the early 1980s, said that Hogan summoned his clandestine sixth sense to the campus.
“Steve was able to look very deeply into statements in a way most people wouldn’t even begin to,” said Soupios, who teaches political philosophy. “If there was ever any sort of sub rosa meaning that people were trying to either obscure or hide or remain secretive or anything like that, you were going to have a difficult time pulling that off against Steve.”
Marc Weinstein, 63, a retired FDNY lieutenant from Baldwin, recalled how he’d pick up Hogan in his later years, to go shooting together at the Old Bethpage rifle range.
“He taught me a lot . . . how to shoot, being on target, how to adjust sights,” Weinstein said in an interview. “How to read the wind. How to adjust real fast to get on target. How to pull the trigger properly.”
Stephen Francis Hogan was born July 3, 1926, the only child of Irish immigrants Stephen Hogan, a printshop factory worker, and the former Marion Graham, a housewife. He grew up on 41st Street in Long Island City, and his family moved to Bethpage in 1956. He graduated from Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn and from St. John’s University, with a degree in business. He did a year of law school there, but dropped out after a year. Later, he received an advanced degree from Long Island University’s C.W. Post center, with a master’s dissertation titled “Limited War as a Policy Instrument,” in 1971.
Jennifer L. Solomon, a spokeswoman for Long Island University, said Hogan was an adjunct professor in the political science department from 1973 to 2010. He also taught history, health care, and public administration, and specialized in such diverse subjects as Soviet and East European affairs, planning and international relations.
He served in the Navy as an aviation electrician’s mate second class from 1944 until 1946. He married Marion Kinsella in 1954.
Hogan is also survived by children Kerry Hogan, of Mt. Sinai; Patricia Bonfiglio of Ocean City, Maryland; Erin Hogan of Glen Cove; Tracy Hogan of Bethpage; and Brian Hogan of Plainview; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Tara Hogan, formerly of Plainview, predeceased him.
He was buried at Long Island National Cemetery, Pinelawn, after a Feb. 27 funeral at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage, his family church since 1956.