A native of Belvedere, Ill., Bogardus was born on
February 21, 1882, and earned his A.B. (1908) and A.M. (1909)
from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. (1911) from the University
of Chicago. He had been accorded honorary Degrees by USC, the
University of Arizona, the University of Redlands and Boston
Dr. Bogardus was invited to join the faculty of USC
in 1911. The invitation came from George F. Bovard, then President
of USC. Serving for 42 years as a fulltime faculty member or
administrator, Dr. Bogardus continued in retirement to have
an office on the USC campus and to visit it at least once a
week until a few months before his death in August 1973. Dr.
Bogardus founded USC's Department of Sociology in 1915 and the
University's School of Social Work in 1921. He was the first Dean
of the School of Social Work and the second Dean of The Graduate School,
where he is credited with having made significant contributions
to solid graduate education. In addition to serving for a number
of years as USC's University Editor, Dr. Bogardus is remembered
as the founder of the Journal of Sociology and Social Research,
which he edited for forty-five years, and was editor emeritus
from 1961-73. He also was the founder of Alpha Kappa Delta,
National Honor Society in Sociology. Dr. Bogardus was a charter
member of USC's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, all-University honor
society which was founded in 1924. A member of many local and
national professional societies, Dr. Bogardus contributed hundreds
of articles to national journals in his field, dealing with
such subjects as social theory, race relations, social research methods,
personality and leadership, cooperatives, community organization,
social control, social welfare and social work, and public opinion.
He was the author of more than 24 books, some of which have been
used as texts. A number were translated into several foreign
languages including Chinese and Japanese. During his later years
he wrote several books of poems, specializing in sonnets.
Dr. Bogardus died in Los Angeles on August 21, 1973.