- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Ralph M. Bogart, 84, insurance executive

Ralph Matthews Bogart, a retired insurance executive and one of Maryland’s best amateur golfers in the 1950s and 1960s, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 22 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. He was 84.

Mr. Bogart was born in Annapolis, where his father taught physics at the Naval Academy. The family eventually settled in Chevy Chase. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School and the George Washington University before enlisting as a Navy pilot in World War II.

He received a commendation for heroism from Navy Secretary James Forrestal after he evacuated injured soldiers during inclement weather in the Okinawa campaign. On one of his flights, he met his future wife, Una Bohrer, a Navy nurse.

Mr. Bogart and partner Bobby Brownell founded Bogart and Brownell Insurance Inc. in Bethesda in the late 1940s. Mr. Bogart retired in the 1980s, and the business now is run by his sons, William Bogart of Chevy Chase and Bruce Bogart of Bethesda.

One of the top amateur golfers in the Washington area, Mr. Bogart won many tournaments, including 10 Maryland Amateur Championships and five Anderson Memorial Championships at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., with Mr. Brownell. The pair were known in the golfing world as “the Gold Dust Twins.” Mr. Bogart also qualified for 31 U.S. Golf Association championship tournaments and was a member of the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame.

At the time of his death, Mr. Bogart was living in Boynton Beach, Fla.

He was a longtime member of All Saints Episcopal Church, the Chevy Chase Club, the Rehoboth Country Club and the Quail Ridge Country Club. He was a member and president of the Cripple Creek Country Club, the Middle Atlantic Golf Association, the Maryland State Golf Association and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Optimist Club.

Mr. Bogart also helped organize the Society of Seniors in 1984, now a national organization with more than 600 top senior amateur golfers and served as its president from 1991 to last year. The annual Ralph Bogart Winter Invitational golf tournament is held in Naples, Fla.

In addition to his wife and sons, Mr. Bogart is survived by a daughter, Suzanne Richmond of Bethesda; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held March 3 in Delray Beach, Fla.

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