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Sad News about Jessica Kogel

  • 1.  Sad News about Jessica Kogel

    Posted 03-10-2023 11:18 AM

    I received the following sad news about Jessica Kogel in the March 2023 NIOSH eNews.  She was the SME President in 2013 and a long-term friend of the Georgia Section.

    In Memoriam: Jessica Elzea Kogel, PhD
    With profound sadness, we announce the death of former CDC employee Jessica Elzea Kogel, PhD. Dr. Kogel served as the NIOSH Associate Director for Mining from 2016 until she retired on December 31, 2022. Her retirement capped a 6-year career leading the NIOSH Mining Program through a period of innovative refocusing and continued mining health and safety accomplishments. 

    Photo courtesy of Dr. Kogel's family

    Dr. Kogel earned her bachelor's degrees in Earth Science and Paleontology from the University of California at Berkeley. She went on to Indiana University Bloomington where she earned a master's degree and PhD in Geology. After graduating, she worked in private industry for 25 years. She held numerous patents, coauthored many peer-reviewed publications, and authored two books. Open to new experiences, places, and people, and with a thirst for living life to its fullest, she embraced new opportunities for exploration. However, her first priority was her family, and she loved nothing more than spending time with them hiking local trails, enjoying board games, harvesting homegrown vegetables, and preparing meals with everyone gathered around the table. Jessica's family intends to hold a memorial service for her this summer.