New Mexico Tech Student Dies in Nighttime Climbing Accident

Michael Hogan

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New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, N.M. 87801

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by George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., Feb. 12, 2007 – Michael C. Hogan, 20, a New Mexico Tech senior majoring in computer science, died early Sunday morning, February 11, of injuries sustained in a rock climbing accident which occurred at about 1 a.m. in San Lorenzo Canyon, a popular hiking and outdoor recreation area located about 12 miles north of Socorro.

Michael was a graduate of Rio Rancho High School, Class of 2004. His official obituary described him as "a highly spirited and creative person with a great love of life. He was an awesome son, brother, and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Michael is survived by his mother, Kathy Campbell of Rio Rancho; sister, Rebecca Hogan of Albuquerque; father, Patrick Hogan and wife Mary Ann DeBoer of Chama."

The fatal accident occurred while Hogan was engaged in an impromptu rock climb that occurred during a nighttime hiking and stargazing excursion with a group of fellow New Mexico Tech students and friends visiting from Albuquerque.

A preliminary report on the incident filed by investigating deputies with the Socorro County Sheriff’s Department shows that Hogan fell about 70 feet to his death from a steep precipice while climbing. The report also notes that it appears alcohol was not involved in the accident.

Hogan was employed at New Mexico Tech as a resident assistant (RA) with the university’s Residential Life Office, and also worked at the Tech Computer Center (TCC), where he served as a user consultant and helped teach a series of free courses the center offers. He was expected to graduate from the state-supported research university in May 2008 with a bachelor’s of science degree in computer science.

“From what his friends and colleagues at Residential Life and the TCC have expressed on hearing of this tragic event, I can say that Mr. Hogan was an exemplary Tech student and a commendable individual who made a lasting impression on his fellow students and co-workers,” said New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. López.

“New Mexico Tech is a tight-knit campus community, and we all share in the loss of this exceptional young man,” López added. “Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are extended to his family during this deep personal tragedy.”