Editor's note: Dr. Darla Shaw is a frequent contributor to The Ridgefield Press and a professor at Western Connecticut State University. She wrote the following piece in memory of Tom Vogt who died last Sunday, Nov. 5.
On Nov. 5, Thomas Vogt, one of Ridgefield’s finest teachers, lost his nine year battle with cancer. Tom a life time career shop/ technology teacher and dept. head at East Ridge Middle School, won almost every accolade possible for his work in the classroom, curriculum writing and establishment of innovative programs. He was Ridgefield Teacher of the Year, State Technology Teacher of the Year and won Celebration of Excellence awards on numerous occasions. Tom was totally dedicated to his profession and had a passion for teaching found in few.