Obituary: George E. Ogle, January 17, 1929 – November 15, 2020
George E. Ogle, PhD International Industrial Relations (1973) passed away on November 15, 2020 in Lafayette, Colorado. He was an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church who lived and worked in South Korea, 1954-57, immediately after the war. He married Dorothy Lindman in 1959 and they returned to South Korea as life-time missionaries. In the 1960s, he founded the Urban Industrial Mission (UIM) in Inchon, South Korea, where he and colleagues accompanied and labored alongside factory workers in the rapidly industrializing country. After completing his PhD, Ogle taught Labor Relations at Seoul National University. In 1974 he was deported by the military dictatorship of South Korea when he prayed in public for political prisoners who had been condemned to death in secret military trials. Although the Ogle family never returned to live in Korea, democratization made it possible for Ogle to return on multiple visits. In 1998, he was invited to attend the inauguration of President Kim DaeJung.
Ogle taught at Candler School of Theology, in Atlanta, GA (1975-1981); headed the Department of Social and Economic Justice at the United Methodist Board of Church and Society (1981-1991); and directed Illinois IMPACT, (1991-1996). George Ogle is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Ogle, and by their four children and six grandchildren.