June 15, 1926 – Oct. 2, 2013
Peter A. Vogt, a former Greater Buffalo Press executive who gave generously to Buffalo’s landmark institutions, died Wednesday in Orchard Park, where he lived in a nursing home. He was 87.
Mr. Vogt, who grew up in Kenmore, graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy and was selected for the V-12 training program, established to supplement the force of commissioned officers in the Navy during World War II. During the Korean War, Mr. Vogt re-enlisted in the Navy and served on a minesweeper.
After marrying Mary Lou Koessler in 1954, Mr. Vogt’s father-in-law, Walter Koessler, asked him to join the family company, Greater Buffalo Press. Mr. Vogt, who had been a printing salesman for the J.W. Clement Co. in Buffalo, eventually became vice president for sales at Greater Buffalo Press as it rose to prominence printing Sunday comics and advertising circulars for newspapers across the nation.
Mr. Vogt attended both Middlebury and Dartmouth colleges and played varsity football for both, according to a history of his life compiled by his family. He was a lifelong athlete who ran, swam, golfed and skied. He loved the outdoors and before retiring at night would say he was throwing his chest out the window in order to breathe the night air, according to the story of his life.
Mr. Vogt, who established homes in Lake View and then Buffalo and Venice, Fla., was an art collector. He was a founding member and for a time president of the Burchfield Penney Art Center. As a trustee for the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Fla., he was responsible for procuring a signature artwork by the artist James Turrell.
In his later years, Mr. Vogt was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease but always remained in good spirits, said a daughter, Katie Schneider. He would often kiss the hands of the women who were caring for him.
Among the philanthropic gifts from Mr. Vogt or his family foundation was $250,000 for the Buffalo Zoo veterinary hospital in 2007 and $1 million to Canisius College in 2007 for a scholarship program. Two galleries at Canisius are named for Peter and Mary Lou Vogt and the college in 2001 gave him an honorary doctorate degree. The family foundation also gave to the Buffalo Zoo for the new zoo entrance created this year.
Mary Lou Vogt died in 2002. In December 2003, Mr. Vogt married Pamela Ryan Jacobs. She survives him, as do his four children: Katie Schneider, Anne Vogt McCune, Tracy Tremblay and Peter J.; and stepchildren Chris Jacobs, Luke Jacobs, Larry Jacobs Jr., Jessica Jacobs Enstice and Lizzie Jacobs.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Blessed John Paul II Church, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View.