Dr. Frank Vogel, III, Ph.D., M.D.

Obituary of Dr. Frank Ernest Vogel, III, Ph.D., M.D.

Dr. Frank Ernest Vogel III, PhD, MD, was born in New York, NY on January 6, 1945, to Marilyn Vogel and died in Syracuse, NY, on October 29, 2021. Frank married Dr. Veronica L. Vogel (nee Wiggins) on July 25, 1969; Frank was married to Ronnie for over 52 years at the time of his death. Their daughter, Laura Alexis Veronica Vogel, was born on July 31, 1985. While Frank never had a relationship with his father’s family, he was extremely proud of his Armenian heritage through his mother, who was one of 5 sisters. Frank remained particularly close to his first cousins: Elaine, John, Peter, and Rosemary Papazian; Thomas and Steven Merjanian; and Jacqueline and Lucine Baronian. These dear cousins became Laura’s aunts and uncles, and Frank thought of their children as his nieces and nephews. Dr. Vogel attended the Bronx High School of Science, then New York University, where he obtained a BA in Chemistry in 1965 and PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1971, before obtaining his MD at UMDNJ in 1981. He entered high school two years early and was awarded with numerous honors throughout high school, college, and graduate school. After his career in Chemistry, Dr. Vogel focused on his passion for medicine as an Interventional Radiologist. Throughout his career, Dr. Vogel always taught, valuing the experience of passing on knowledge to the next generation of Chemists and Doctors. He was an Associate and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry and then had a long career as a Professor of Medicine, instructing medical students at several renowned institutions, including Columbia University, NYU, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Upstate, and numerous others in NYC and beyond. As a physician, he obtained dozens of research grants and protocols and published dozens of papers in the areas of Interventional Radiology, Angiography, and Aortography. Areas of significant contributions within interventional radiology were fibroid embolization, diagnostic imaging, and angioplasty. Dr. Vogel held the positions of Chief of Angiography and Interventional Radiology at Lenox Hill Hospital in NY, NY; Medical Director of Interventional Radiology and Medical Director of Radiology at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ; Assistant Professor of Radiology, Division of Interventional Radiology, at Columbia University Medical Center Milstein Hospital and Children’s Hospital of NY in NY, NY; and Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology, Director of Interventional Radiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, University Hospital, Department of Radiology in Syracuse, NY. Frank spent most of his early life in New York City (The Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan), as well as his family’s vacation home in Lake George, NY. He and Ronnie spent happy years early in their marriage in Denville, NJ, Stony Brook, NY, and Old Tappan, NJ, before settling in Montvale, NJ, where he and Ronnie built and shared their dream home with their daughter, Laura, and their dogs, Shiba Inus Spot and Moxie, as well as many other assorted pets throughout Laura’s childhood. He loved dogs, and later in life would become passionate about Norfolk Terriers, sharing dogs Cooper and Lily with Kerry Hurst. Frank enjoyed cars and motorcycles, skiing, ice skating, and swimming. He traveled extensively with family and friends. Frank was a passionate host, especially of dinner parties, pool parties, and holiday gatherings (particularly Christmas) at the family home of many years in Montvale, NJ. Frank enjoyed sharing food and drinks with his many friends, from Friday nights in Chinatown with a tightknit group of friends, to weekend gatherings in Montvale, as well as on the many family trips to Barbados, Aspen, and beyond. Frank developed deep, lifelong friendships – one such friend was Dr. Lynda Farrell, whom he knew since they were teenagers, and whom Laura still calls “Auntie Lynda.” Frank’s larger-than-life presence, incredible intelligence, and unstoppable attitude will be missed by Ronnie, Laura, his family, and his many dear friends and colleagues. In memory of Frank, donations for scholarships for Armenian Ph.D. candidates, go to aesa.org, upper right corner “donate”. Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.
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