Frederic Whitting Bogy died peacefully on July 29, 2010. A fifth generation Californian, he was born March 4, 1927, in Los Angeles and was raised in Los Angeles and at the family ranch in Rancho Santa Fe, California. His family was principal partners of the Toluca Lake Company, which developed the community of Toluca Lake beginning in 1923.
An accomplished surfer, diver and open ocean swimmer, Fred convinced a recruiting officer that he was 18 at age 16, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. As a member of the 4th Marine Division, he fought in the assaults on both Saipan and Iwo Jima. Fred earned two purple hearts, and was awarded the Silver Star.
During the Korean War, Fred graduated from the Officers Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia in the same class as George Patton, Jr. and John Eisenhower, and was assigned to the Armored School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In 1952, he was transferred to Camp Pendleton, California, where he re-established, trained and commanded the Marine Corps amphibious reconnaissance unit for deep cover reconnaissance, demolition operations, and combat and rescue missions. In Korea, Marine Recon conducted covert operations up to 200 miles behind enemy lines. The training and many of the techniques Fred instituted in Marine Recon have been incorporated today in such Special Forces as the Navy Seals. Under Fred’s command the Marine Recon unit was instrumental in testing and developing the Gagnon-Cousteau Aqualung.
Fred earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Southern California, where he was a founding member of the gamma tau chapter of Beta Theta Pi, a member of the Trojan Squires and Knights, and Skull and Dagger, and was editor of El Rodeo. Fred was a Life USC Associate.
In 1960 Fred was elected as the youngest-ever president of the Los Angeles Insurance Association, and was a member of the Underwriters Club for more than fifty years. For many years Fred was president of The Bogy Company, which – celebrating it’s one hundredth anniversary this year – remains the oldest continuously family owned insurance brokerage firm west of the Mississippi.
Fred was instrumental in establishing the original Toluca Lake Little League, serving as a coach, officer and league president for many years.
Predeceased by his son John, Fred is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Florence, and his sons Vernon (Chip) and Richard, his daughter Catherine McMillan, granddaughters Kaitlin McMillan, Anne McMillan, and Alison Bogy, and his devoted companion Border Collies Toby, Molly and Jamie.
Fred’s ashes were scattered among his beloved Channel Islands off the Santa Barbara Coast.