Peter D. Hoagland
Hoagland, Peter D. (November 3, 2021). Loving father to Peter D. (Deborah) Hoagland, Jennifer L. (Steven Weissman) Hoagland, and Jeanel (Jonathan Drezner) Hoagland. In addition to his children, Peter is survived by his sister Elnora Joy Gizzie and brother Richard (Kathleen) Hoagland , 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews!
Peter was born and raised in Somerville, NJ and attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and Florida State University, in Tallahassee, Florida, where he was awarded a PhD in chemistry (and minored in oceanography). Peter then worked at the United States Department of Agriculture’s Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, PA until he retired, spending countless hours researching peach pectin, fractals, milk proteins and the like (actually, his family really doesn’t understand what he did there!). He is predeceased by ‘Bessie,’ the cow that was once considered a valuable co-worker.
Peter had so many passions, it is hard to list them all! He was an avid photographer, model railroad enthusiast and tennis player, and enjoyed playing chess — often pitting one of his computers against another — and playing the piano. A constant wonderer, Peter recently spent much of his free time working on his model railroad sets, programming robots and watching his favorite videos on YouTube: the trains at the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania, Nick Zentner’s Geology classes and ‘Itchy Boots’ (check them out!).
Peter cared about his carbon footprint, and always worked towards lessening his own impact on the environment. He tended to his beloved bamboo grove without fail. Confined to the house for most of 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19 and health issues, he became a connoisseur of good TV. We will all miss his recommendations on what to watch now that he is no longer with us.
One of Peter’s greatest joys was playing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He always had a new toy or gadget to explore, and he spent countless hours with them. His family also will miss the humor that he exuded throughout his life. Dry witticism was his jam!
Peter’s family would like to thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time. Peter’s services will be private. Interment Whitemarsh Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Peter’s name may be made to the charity of your choice.