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Raymond George "Ray" Bogowitz
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Birth: Dec. 24, 1926
Saint Louis
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jun. 26, 1986
Baja California, Mexico

Obit--published in The San Diego Union, July 3, 1986


Raymond "Ray" Bogowitz, 59, of Poway, a research engineer for Solar Turbines and an amateur archeologist, died June 26 after being bitten by a rattlesnake in Baja California.

He was heading a group of nine San Diego men and women who were on an eight-day back packing trip in the rugged Sierra de San Pedro Matir area. The group left their vehicles above the Meling Ranch and hiked to the site of their base camp.

Mr. Bogowitz and Bob Rudd went exploring on their own last Wednesday afternoon. They were making their way through a brush-filled canyon when Bogowitz yelled, "I've been hit!" He had been bitten in the calf of the left leg. There was no warning rattle, and neither man saw the reptile, but Rudd found the wound so big that the suction cup they carried would not cover it.

Rudd ran more than three miles and located three local cowboys who brought horses to take Mr. Bogowitz back to the base camp. It was difficult because Mr. Bogowitz "was beginning to get numb," his wife said, and it was hard for him tostay on the horse. The trip took from 4:30 to about 11 p.m., she said.

There was great difficulty in establishing any communication from the base camp. The Coast Gurad finally was reached, and a team flew in, accompanied by a flight surgeon from the Miramar Naval Air Station. But the rescue team arrived too late. Mr. Bogowitz had remained conscious and rational until abouttwo hours before his death on Thursday.

The surgeon said that "this was the biggest fang wound he had ever seen," Mrs.Bogowitz said. "The interesting thing is that Ray would not have killed the snake. He always said that 'they were here before us, and they will be here after us. We have no right to interfere.'"

She regretted that she was not with him, she said. "We have been camping and back packing for 40 years," she said, "and we never had any trouble with snakes."

She did not make this trip, she said, because of the back packing through such rugged terrain.

The surgeon told her, she said, that her husband's fine physical condition actually worked against him because he had no fat to absorb the poison and blood circulation was good and, abetted by the high altitude, the venom rapidly spread through his body.

Mr. Bogowitz had accompanied Musuem of Natural History tours in the past and was interested in Native American Indian cave paintings and artifacts.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. today in St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Poway. He was a member of the church. Cypress View-Bonham Brothers Mortuary is in charge of cremation.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Raymond Bogowitz Memorial Fund, San Diego Natural History Museum, P.O. Box 1390, San Diego, CA 92112.

Mr. Bogowitz was born in St. Louis, MO, but had been in San Diego County since 1941. He and his family had lived in Poway for the last 21 years.

He took his degree in geology and geography from San Diego State University. He was an engineer in the Solar Research Division for more than 26 years.

He also was a member of the Orienteering Club.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria of Poway, and two daughters and three sons, Marcy Smith of Escondido, Cheri Bogowitz of San Diego and Greg Bogowitz of Poway, Tom Bogowitz of Santee and Jim Bogowitz of Port Ludlow, WA; three grandchildren; and two brothers, Francis and Milton Bogowitz of Hawaii.

Family links: 
  Frederick Vitus Bogowitz (1893 - 1962)
  Anna Ballasch Bogowitz (1898 - 1950)
  Gloria Therese MacAtee Bogowitz (1928 - 1999)
  John Raymond Bogowitz (1959 - 1959)*
  Francis Rudolph Bogowitz (1919 - 2007)*
  Milton Angelo Bogowitz (1925 - 2007)*
  Raymond George Bogowitz (1926 - 1986)
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: His urn of ashes was buried in the Laguna Hanson area of the Sierra Juarez Mountains of Baja California
Created by: Cheri Bogowitz
Record added: Apr 09, 2011
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Raymond George Ray Bogowitz
Added by: Cheri Bogowitz
Raymond George Ray Bogowitz
Added by: Cheri Bogowitz
Raymond George Ray Bogowitz
Added by: Cheri Bogowitz
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Your birthday is tomorrow...I stopped by today because I visted mom's (your devoted wife) memorial to extend to her a birthday wish....
- Cheri Bogowitz
 Added: Dec. 23, 2012
Wishing you were here....happy trails
- Cheri Bogowitz
 Added: Apr. 9, 2011

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