William James Hogan, age 82, of Joliet, died peacefully at home with his family by his side. Born in Joliet, he graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1946. He attended Joliet Junior College, Loyola University of Chicago and obtained his degree in Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. After an internship at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Joliet, he continued his training in Pediatrics at the University of Illinois Research and Educational Hospital. Dr. Hogan practiced pediatrics in Joliet for 37 years, retiring in 1996. He was on the staff at Provena Saint Joseph Hospital and Silver Cross, both of Joliet and Children's Memorial of Chicago. He served as a major in the Air Force during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth, Betty (Murphy) and one brother, Thomas Hogan (Jerrie) of Hazel Crest Illinois. He is survived by one son, William, (Diane) Hogan of Atlanta, Georgia and daughters, Joan Vega of Madison, Wisconsin, Colleen (Devon Osel) Hogan M.D. of Danville, California and Elizabeth ( Raymond) Fricke of Naperville, Illinois. Grandchildren, Robert, Michael and Daniel Vega, Michael and Christopher Dann, Alexander Osel, Katherine, Emma, Rachael and Elizabeth ( Ellie) Fricke, five great grandchildren, Samantha, Gavinn, Joseph, Graeme and Dustin .He is also survived by a special sister-in-law and brother- in- law, Roberta Joan and Robert Lindner. He is preceded in death by his parents Louis and Mary (Johnston) Hogan and aunt Margaret Johnston William was an avid swimmer. He loved to read and solve mathematic problems for enjoyment. He instilled in his children and grandchildren the importance of education and a strong work ethic. He will be remembered by the generations of families in the area for his devotion to the practice of pediatrics. He always treated his patients as if they were his own children. Funeral from the Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, Tuesday March 14, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. to St. Ambrose Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment Elmhurst Cemetery. Visitation Monday 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials to Joliet Area Community Hospice would appreciated.