Christopher James Hogan

Published 6:27 pm Tuesday, August 17, 2021

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Dr. Christopher Hogan, 52, passed away unexpectedly August 14, 2021. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Chris grew up in Byram Township, New Jersey, where he graduated from Lenape Valley Regional High School. Chris then attended the University of Virginia, where he became a triple Hoo, completing his undergraduate studies in 1990, medical school in 1994, and six-year residency in orthopedic surgery in 2000. In 2003, Chris then went on to Duke University where he completed his Hand Fellowship. In 2000, Chris began his career as a naval officer and resident surgeon at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center. He was on staff as a hand surgeon for 21 years, taught as clinical faculty of EVMS, directed the microsurgery course, and was an active teacher of hundreds of residents. Outside of work, he took great joy in being a coach for several years for Churchland Soccer and Portsmouth Golden Ball Soccer, an assistant coach of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy varsity soccer, and a basketball coach at the Portsmouth YMCA. He was also a talented musician, beginning his trumpet career at 4 years old, playing for his high school marching band, playing in UVA’s infamous pep band, as well as leading several jazz groups, church groups, and his favorite, playing with his children for Christmas service.

It is difficult to put into words just how greatly Chris will be missed. Chris will be remembered by family and friends for his devotion to teaching anyone at any time, his love for everyone, big and small, and for truly being Superman. The family asks that friends email stories and memories of Chris to

Chris lives on through his bride of 27 years, Angela Duff Hogan; daughter and light of his life, Kelly Elizabeth Hogan; two sons cut from the same mold, John Wesley Hogan and Brett Rexford Hogan; parents, John F. and Mary A. Hogan; two sisters, Mary Cay Paternostro and husband, Tim, and Karen Hogan; brother, John I. Hogan and wife, Arlene; nephews and nieces, Tyler Hogan, Samantha Hogan, Katie Paternostro, Abby Paternostro and Jack Paternostro; mother-in-law, Roberta McWhorter; father-in-law, Dr. W. Rex Duff; two sisters-in-law, Deborah Greenberg and husband, Richard, and Lara Duff; four brothers-in-law, W. Rexford Duff and wife, Irena, Don Ryan Duff and wife, Karen, W. Andre Duff and wife, Susan, and Lance Duff; and numerous other nieces and nephews, including Lexie Cunningham.

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There will be a visitation in the chapel for military personnel from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, a visitation for everyone from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Bennett’s Creek Chapel, Suffolk, and the funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church, 1301 Colley Avenue, Norfolk. The family has requested anyone attending either visitation or service to please wear a face mask. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a scholarship fund set up in Chris’s name for EVMS students pursuing a career in orthopedics, so that his love of medicine and teaching can live on: Dr. Chris Hogan Orthopedic Scholarship Fund, EVMS Foundation, P.O. Box 5, Norfolk, VA 23501-0005. Friends may inquire if they would like to make gifts by phone or via the website: 757-965-8500,