Richard Emerson Fogg

July 22, 1940July 9, 2018
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Richard Emerson Fogg, 77, of Free Union, Virginia, died Monday, July 9, 2018, at his Albemarle County country home, Sassafras Ridge, surrounded by family and his beloved Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

Born July 22, 1940, he was raised by his mother Alice Welsch and his Uncle Buddy, The Rev. George Welsch in the Episcopal rectory in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. A star athlete at Big Stone Gap High School, he went on to attend the University of Virginia with an athletic grant-in-aid and played tackle for the football Cavaliers. He joined Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce in l962. He married his high school sweetheart Mary Mason Collier while in college. After taking his degree, he served two years in the United States Army as First Lieutenant in air defense artillery before beginning a long and rewarding career with the Price Waterhouse accounting firm.

Joining the firm in 1962, after a break for military service, he moved from Washington, DC to Virginia to open the Richmond office which he built into a tax and audit practice for central Virginia. When named Partner in 1974, he was the youngest associate to be named in the firm. In 1988, he transferred to Atlanta as southeast regional tax partner, group tax manager, and Partner-in-Charge of the Atlanta office. In 1991, he became managing partner of the Chesapeake Group in Washington, DC and in 1993 was named as the Associate Vice Tax Chairman for Price Waterhouse.

Most recently, he became a Board member and head of the audit committee of Owens and Minor. He has served on numerous Boards and professional organizations including Chairman of the Southern Federal Tax Institute and the annual conference on Federal taxation held at the University of Virginia.

Throughout many moves, the Fogg’s raised three sons and supported them both on and off various playing fields throughout their school years. Dick Fogg was a man of many passions with a big personality and energy that could fill a room. He was an avid hunter and enthusiastic fly fisherman taken by the beauty of the west. To that end he arranged for annual fly fishing trips for his sons (and later grandchildren) and himself to his favorite rivers in North Carolina, Southwest Montana and Southeast Idaho in the shadow of the Grand Tetons. He was well-known in the local fly-fishing circles of Dillon, MT both for his fishing prowess and booming personality. He enticed his sons to join him by explaining that he was determined to spend their inheritance with or without them, so they might as well come along. Waterfowl hunting was a large part of his life as well, and he organized annual goose and duck hunting trips to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. An adventurer with a love of the outdoors, he crisscrossed the country multiple times on his BMW motorcycle.

He was a voracious reader and lifelong learner. He loved life and he loved people. He was the original networker, assimilating vast stores of facts large and small about colleagues, friends, and neighbors. A consummate raconteur, he shared these stories with one and all calling upon his encyclopedic memory and made friends and deep relationships wherever he went.

A generous donor and advocate for his beloved University of Virginia, he was instrumental in the rebuilding of the Virginia Football Alumni Club, serving as the first president and perennial treasurer and building the membership to an impressive number of former players.

He is survived and will be terribly missed by Mary Mason Fogg, his wife of fifty-eight years, his brother Kenneth Fogg of Plano, Texas, and his three sons: Richard Emerson Fogg, Jr. and his wife Grace of Charlotte, North Carolina, their children Ryan, Tucker, and Kacie; Robert Gordon Fogg and his wife Dawn of Hampton Cove, Alabama, and their children Coulter and Brenna-Claire; and Hunter Welsch Fogg, his wife Heather, and daughters Trystan and Devon of Richmond, Virginia.

A lifelong Episcopalian, he served on the Vestries of All Saints in Richmond, Va. And more recently, St. Paul’s church in Ivy, Va.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 14, 11:00 AM, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ivy, Virginia with a reception following. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Dick’s name in lieu of flowers.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Tom Berry

July 13, 2018

Dick was a key factor in making the football alumni events very welcoming and worth attending. I will personally miss him very much.

Fred Scott

July 13, 2018

What a magnificent and generous man we have lost. We in the Frederic Robert Scott family know him best because of his love of college sports and especially UVA football. He was so welcoming to us as family and fans—but no football stars that I’m aware of (the great Tom Scott is...unfortunately...not my relative. We wish he were!) when he invited us all to join the UVA Football Alumni for a celebration among those who played in Scott Stadium. It was built as a memorial to my great-grandfather Frederic Robert Scott. That day was a lovely time among many old friends. How incredibly thoughtful that was.

I loved his smile, and especially his infectious enthusiasm. On behalf of a whole lot of enthusiastic Irishmen in the greater Scott family (now including Reeds, Andersons, and Bococks), we send to his family and friends our immense respect and deepest sympathy

andrew ramer

July 13, 2018

The entire Ramer family is thinking of you during this time.

Gena and Lena Corrigan

July 12, 2018

Dick was a terrific guy - always enjoyed my time with him! He's heading for HEAVEN!

william (butch) harlowe

July 12, 2018

Mason and family....So sad to hear about Dick...Way too young as I well know....He was a man bigger than life and I really enjoyed working with him and being with you guys at those great UVA basketball games..You have a great family and I know you will stay strong....My blessings, Butch H.

Blake&Nita Wilson

July 12, 2018

We send our sympathy and prayers to you,Mason, and family. The pictures brought back many memories of Dick and you. Love to you.

George Litton

July 12, 2018

DIck and I sat together at the BSG reunion at the Lonesome Pine Country Club a few years ago. We had a great time talking football and family. He graduated four years after I did and he had followed my playing at East Tennessee and I followed his playing at UVA.

Emily Bardeen

July 11, 2018

My heart is full of sadness at your and your family's loss. My memories of Dick are of a kind and pleasant man, and especially of you and he as a loving couple. May God hold you and your family even closer during this difficult time.

Kindest regards,
Emi.y Bardeen