Vogt, Roy (1934-1997)
Roy (Reinhardt) Vogt, Mennonite pastor and professor of Economics, was born in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada on 14 December 1934. He was the forth of six sons born to Peter Vogt (1900-1989) and Susanna Reimer (1904-1986). Roy married Ruth Blair (born 1937 in Liverpool, England) on 22 May 1958. Together they had three children, one son and two daughters. Roy died suddenly on 31 March 1997.
Roy Vogt began his education in Steinbach at the kindergarten of his aunt, Anna Vogt. From these humble beginnings he went on to receive his Honors BA from the University of Manitoba in 1956 followed by his MA at the University of Toronto. He taught at United College (which later became the University of Winnipeg) until marrying Ruth. He then attended the Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, USA and following his graduation there in 1961 went on to do one year of advanced Theological studies in Hamburg, Germany. After returning to Canada Roy was ordained and became pastor of First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg. He served the church for seven years at which time he decided to continue his studies at the University of Manitoba. In 1970 Roy completed his PhD in Economics and accepted a teaching position at the University of Manitoba.
In addition to his work as a pastor and teacher, Roy served on the boards of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, and the Journal of Mennonite Studies. In 1971 he and his wife Ruth founded the monthly magazine, Mennonite Mirror which reflected the contemporary experience of Mennonites in Manitoba. Roy was also actively involved in the Mennonite Literary Society and led several successful tours to the Soviet Union. Roy Vogt was a gifted and faithful Mennonite whose service and many contributions will be appreciated and remembered.
"Roy Vogt." Preservings. No. 10, Part I (June 1997): 34.
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