Ronald R. Kogut, 57, a Falls Church resident who retired as the Director of Human Resources for civilian personnel of the U.S. Coast Guard, died after a long battle with cancer on Oct. 30. He was the husband of Kathleen C. Kogut and father of Alex W. Kogut, a 1998 graduate of George Mason High School, and Megan K. and Colleen E. Haggerty, He is also survived by three granddaughters.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Kogut was the youngest of five in a Polish Catholic family. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1974 with a psychology major and philosophy minor.
He began his federal career as a Department of Army intern in personnel at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois in 1976. He next went to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and then to the Presidio in San Francisco. He then moved overseas to Mons, Belgium, and to the U.S. Army’s Europe headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany.
He moved from there to Fort Monroe, Virginia, and the Sacramento Army Depot in California before settling in the Washington, D.C. area. Here, he worked for ths U.S. Coast Guard, then the Transportation Safety Administration and back to the Coast Guard until his retirement.
Kogut fought his cancer for 18 months, including participation in promising clinical trials, but entered the Capital Hospice inpatient facility in Arlington three days prior to his death. Funeral services were held Nov. 5 at the St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church followed by interment at the St. James Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can me made to the Georgetown Lombardi Center, www.lombardi.georgetown.edu.