Mr. John Raymond Fogler

Mr. John Raymond Fogler

Mr. John Raymond Fogler

Mr. John Raymond Fogler
February 16, 1945 – September 5, 2019

John Raymond Fogler passed away on September 5th, 2019 after a brief battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

John grew up in Rochester, NY and graduated from Irondequoit High School in 1963. He then attended the University of Maine and graduated in 1967. While at the University of Maine, John met Kathy Fogler (Holtan), his loving wife of 53 years. John then went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Science from Colby College Waterville, Maine.

John and Kathy started teaching school in Maine for one year and then moved to Scarsdale, NY, where they taught for another two. John then went on to teach and administrate at Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, NY for 30 years. He loved his time at “the Prep,” and he and Kathy eventually moved to New Rochelle, NY.

After retiring in 2001, John and Kathy moved to Naples, FL. They enjoyed cruising all around the world with each other and visited 6 out of the 7 continents. They also loved spending family time in Maine and New York. While in Naples, John enjoyed the warm weather and the ability to exercise all year long.

John is survived by his wife Kathy and two daughters, Amber Fogler-Tortora and Krystal Fogler Lavigueur. Amber and her wife Jennifer reside in New York City, NY with their 9-month old daughter Riley Ray. Krystal and her husband Frank reside in Brewer, ME with their two daughters, 11-year-old Brynn Mary and 9-year-old Bixby Kim.

At the request of John’s family, there will be no visiting hours or services. Gifts in memory of John can be made to the University of Maine Department of Athletics payable to the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, Maine, 04469-5792 or online at


John Slocum

September 6, 2019, 9:00 pm

Among my fondest memories of teaching and coaching at Iona was John Fogler.
We were colleagues and friends for all the years I was there and it continued when my wife Ann joined the faculty.
I especially treasure the time we spent working with the students in the weight room. Pushing the kids and pushing each other. It didn’t seem to matter how much I lifted, John always managed to lift a few pounds more.
One of my fondest memories was watching our vice principal, Mr. Flynn, introducing John to an incoming freshman class and saying “Please don’t let his size scare you he’s really very gentle.”
How true.
Kathy, Amber,Krystal and all the family, Ann and I want you to know you are in our prayers.
John was a wonderful guy.

Shanti Maveal

September 8, 2019, 11:21 pm

I will miss my favorite yoga student and good friend. John was so dedicated to his yoga practice. It always amazed and amused me how he always
did his homework assignments. Over the years I have become close with John and Kathy . I will miss John very much . John was the most gentle and
sweetest guy I have and will ever teach. Be in Peace my dear friend

Jeannie Ward Peil

September 9, 2019, 12:12 am

My deepest sympathies to you all. Sending prayers and love to you all. May he Rest In Peace ❤️

Colleen Callahan Anna

September 9, 2019, 1:51 am

Condolences to Mrs. Fogler. She was the only reason I survived/passed math in high school. I think of her often – especially when I’m sharing with my own students the necessity of having teachers who push a little and truly believe in the kids they teach – even the ones who struggle.

Steve and Jane Goodwin

September 9, 2019, 4:04 am

Steve Goodwin, Richmond, Maine

Met this man in September 1963 in Orono, Maine. We roomed together our Freshman and Sophomore years in Gannett and Hannibal Hamlin Halls at the University of Maine. Introduced him to Kathy Holtan at a dance in Lenyall Hall. Made many memories in those years and John had a profound influence in my growth as a young man from a small maine town. He came from a Great family whom I have admired and are still envolved with in Exeter, Maine. Our paths crossed again when John retired and moved back to Maine and lived in Grampy Raymond’s farm house. It had been 30 some years ,but It was like we had never had been seperated . I would stop in every chance I got to just sit and talk about life in general, sheep, calves, growing garlic and old times. John never changed, never complained, always that easy smile and a gentleness he always possessed. He was proud of his family and adored his grand kids and he loved being around the farm and of course his Kathy. We will all miss him dearly of course but take comfort in the fact that we are blessed to have known him. Rest in peace my friend.
Kathy and family , Jane and I want you all to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Tim Gallin

September 9, 2019, 12:06 pm

My condolences to Kathy, Amber and Krystal along with the rest of the Fogler clan. John was a coach and teacher of mine at Iona Prep and was even inducted into the Iona Prep Hall of Fame the same year my family was inducted. A full page ad in the program for that evening was taken out by Mike Malone from the class of 68 that sums up John nicely. It says, and I quote “Congratulations to Iona Prep Hall of Famer John Fogler, A Great Teacher, A Great Coach, A Great Man. And Special Thanks to John For Putting Up with All Those Gallins!!” Rest in Peace Coach:)

Tim Cohane

September 9, 2019, 1:39 pm


We just got the sad news. What a great person John was. We recall fondly times with you and Amber when she was two, and our son was two.

He was very kind to us when we were at Iona. One of those guys you can’t find fault in.

Tim and Lisa Cohane

Jill John-Kall

September 11, 2019, 12:17 pm

RIP, Mr. Fogler. I remember when I first met you with Amber at OLVA, a lifetime ago. Even though life took me to faraway places, the memories of you and your family’s kindness still remain strong and influence me to this day. It’s a sad day but knowing that the best of you lives on in Amber and Krystal makes it better.

Jill John-Kall

Camy Prunean

October 9, 2019, 9:12 pm

It took me a while to write something because my heart still hurts. There are not words to describe John’s kindness and the way how he lit the room where he stepped in with his wonderful smile.
I met Kathy and John in 2015 as my new neighbors and I can say it was a big blessing of my life, shortly I felt I’m part of their wonderful family, they were awesome friends with such an amazing lifetime story which moves me to tears.
Then John became my patient for acupuncture and I have to mention he was the best patient ever, he always knew exactly what he has to do, and I was moved how every time he would made comments about his family and how lucky he is to have Kathy in his life to take care of him, or how wonderful times they had last time with the girls and grandkids, so even if you don’t know him, you would know how much the family means for him and how much love and protection he offered them.
Yes he will be truly missed but that love will be there forever and I know he will watch over you Kathy and the whole family, so be strong and celebrate all the memories you have!
And yes, tomorrow he will throw a huge party in heaven to celebrate you Kathy!!!
I’ll miss you forever John! Rest in peace my friend!

Christopher A. Fulco

October 11, 2019, 6:36 pm

I was saddened by the news that Mr. Fogler had passed. As a Freshman at Iona Prep, he was the first person you saw as you walked up the steps. He demanded respect, took “NO BS” and helped me become man. They say you instill fear in folks to make them better and that was truly the case. I just wish my two sons, both Iona Prep graduates would have had the same chance to have had him in their lives. RIP Mr. Fogler and thanks for making a difference in mine and so many Prep student lives.

Chris Fulco ‘ 85

Jacob Mathai

October 11, 2019, 6:56 pm

I still remember the first talk you gave to my freshman class in the Iona gymnasium as the Dean of Discipline. You put your foot up on a chair and told us who the sheriff in town was. The person you were in class was so calm and composed and very different than the first meeting. That was over 30 years ago. Time flies. You were a great man and the imprint you left on many of of is part of your legacy. Rest easy.

Tom Turchioe

October 11, 2019, 7:01 pm

I had the honor of having Mr Fogler as a teacher and senior paper advisor during my time at Iona Prep from 1975 to 1979. He pushed me to excel and his impact on my intellect and drive is with me to this day. I earned an A on that paper and coming from Mr Fogler, it meant a lot. I still have the paper and notebook with his notes. Mr Fogler, you will be missed and thank you for your inspiration, guidance and mentorship.

I also will never forget the orangutan wrestling story he told our class 🙂

My condolences to his family… He will be missed. I thank him and am grateful for his inspiration, guidance and mentorship.

Frank Gabriele

October 12, 2019, 2:38 am

Sigh. Somber news but we have faith God wants John with Him now, maybe to hear the orangutan story first-hand. No one forgets the pleasure of Mr. Fogler as teacher and mentor. Peace and prayers to his extended family.
Frank Gabriele, ’80

Greg C

October 16, 2019, 9:18 pm

A fantastic educator and role model. Larger than life. A real legend at Iona Prep.

Nick Cirillo

October 16, 2019, 10:08 pm

I remember showing up for freshman football and a few kids made the mistake of wearing “hero pads”. Mr Fogler ripped a few guys for wearing forearm pads and said “no one should be wearing “hero pads” around here. There are no hero’s here”. Great guy.

Michael Chesney

October 18, 2019, 11:03 pm

Being a student at Iona Prep I saw the firm but fair side of Mr. Fogler.
I work with kids as a profession so I know how rewarding that is. I hope he felt the same way. He shaped many young minds and helped give us the discipline we needed to move forward in life. My condolences to his family at this difficult time.

Kevin Cullen

November 6, 2019, 4:37 pm

I have fond memories of John from my days at Iona Prep. He was very serious but also very funny at times.

As the dean of discipline during my era at Iona, he definitely had a firm grip on his responsibilities; it must have been a difficult job to keep so many young men in line day-to-day – a job made easier by his imposing presence enhanced by weight lifting – but he always did it with class while earning our respect through decisive action. As former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson once quipped “If you’ve got a bazooka, and people know you’ve got it, you may not have to take it out.” That was John.

As for his funny side, I can recall a memorable story he told during my freshman year bio class in during the ’81-82 school year. It centered around a plan hatched by him and his buddies to make money selling beer at Watkins Glen (for the auto races). Apparently, the plan to make a boatload of cash was going along pretty well until some Hells Angels came along and just took their beer away. – RIP John Fogler

Steven M. Beaudrot

November 7, 2019, 12:49 pm

St. Peter must have needed a vacation and called the only man suitable to stand at the “gates”… I’m sure those approaching the gates will be double checking their dress code, making sure they are not misbehaving, and ensuring a clean, fresh shave,,,,well at least the Iona Prep Alumni will be. So many thousands and thousands of lives of impressionable, naive young men from Iona have been shaped and improved by this man. I’m a better person for it. We all are.

Mike Abene

August 11, 2020, 9:58 pm

Leukemia may have won the battle, but I’d wager there was a time when it was at least a little bit frightened.
I always admired Mr. Fogler and even 35+ years later, recall him fondly.
He had a positive impact on countless young men, myself included, when we needed it most. I hope that knowledge is of some comfort to his family.

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