Joe B. Vogel, 88; USIA Press Attache and
Wednesday, March 7, 2007; B07
Joe B. Vogel, 88, a former college journalism professor and press
attache for the U.S. Information Agency, died of congestive heart
failure Feb. 22 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. A recent resident at
Ingleside at Rock Creek in the District, he previously lived in Glen
Dr. Vogel joined the USIA as a press attache in 1962 and served
in Tehran until 1965, working extensively in support of community
relations programs, including the shah's land reform program, on the
part of the U.S. and Iranian governments. He also served as press
attache in Istanbul from 1966 to 1969 during a period of sometimes
tense U.S.-Turkish relations.
He moved to Washington in 1969 and was later assigned to Lagos,
Nigeria, and Tel Aviv. He received USIA's Meritorious Service Award
In 1979, Dr. Vogel was sent on special assignment to Israel for
Middle East peace talks between President Jimmy Carter and Prime
Minister Menachem Begin. In his final USIA assignment, he supervised
the office that prepared daily and periodic summaries of foreign
media reactions to U.S. policies for distribution to the White House
and State, Defense and Treasury departments.
Dr. Vogel was born in Lockhart, Tex., and was a 1940 graduate of
Southwest Texas State Teachers College. After college, he
volunteered for the Army and served in the medical corps until 1943.
He then enlisted in the Army Air Forces and was assigned as a
navigator to the 8th Air Force with the rank of second lieutenant.
In January 1944, on a bombing mission against V-1 rocket sites on
the French coast, his B-17 was hit by flak. He parachuted from the
burning plane and was captured by the Germans. He was a prisoner of
war in Stalag Luft 1 on the Baltic Sea until liberated by the
Russians in May 1945. He was a first lieutenant when he left the
military in December 1945.
He received a master's degree in journalism from the University
of Texas in 1947, married that year and began teaching journalism at
Southwest Texas State Teachers College. He taught there until 1957,
taking a year off in 1954-55 on a Fulbright teaching grant to work
in Assen, Netherlands. From 1957 to 1962, he taught journalism at
the University of Florida.
In 1959, he received a Danforth Foundation grant and in 1960
received a PhD in mass communications from the University of Iowa.
Dr. Vogel contributed a chapter on "International Search for Ethical
Controls," based on his dissertation, to International
Communications, edited by Fischer and Merrill (1970).
After retiring from USIA, he taught journalism at the University
of Texas School of Journalism in Austin from 1979 to 1986. He
returned to the Washington area in 1986 and lived in Glen Echo until
moving to Ingleside in 2006.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Vogel of the District; three
sons, Brian Vogel of the District, Chris Vogel of Silver Spring and
Michael Vogel of Columbia; a sister; and seven grandchildren.