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PC's Alumni Power Couple

July 10, 2012
Pat Harris and Kathy Hogan-Harris

For Kathy Hogan-Harris and her husband Pat Harris, Phoenix College football has been a mainstay in their life. Kathy was 13 years old when her father, legendary football and golf coach Shanty Hogan, began his coaching career at PC.

She’s been attending PC football games since 1959, save for a 13-year stretch when she and her husband lived in Minnesota after his career led them there. He also is a PC alumni who played first base on the school’s baseball team during his student days.

Since they returned to Phoenix in 2003, the couple has gotten more involved with Phoenix College activities. Since her father passed away in 2005, Kathy has served on the board of the Alumni Association, established the Hogan Legacy Fund, which supports the PC football program, and for the past four years organized the annual Shanty Hogan Memorial Golf Tournament. The proceeds of the tournament go to the Legacy Fund. Kathy also has played a key role in establishing the Shanty Hogan Memorial Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarships for football players.

“It’s been a fun ride,” says Kathy, who graduated from Phoenix College in 1967. “My love for PC runs deep and it comes through my father.”

The couple’s commitment is evident in other areas as well. When Kathy heard that PC wanted to bring back the cheerleading squad, she took an active role to help make it happen with her time and monetary donation. She and Pat were judges in the office decorating contest held last fall as part of Homecoming activities. They remain two of PC’s strongest advocates and they have dedicated many hours to serving the college.

"Phoenix College has been very good to me and my family, too," Kathy points out. "So it's been a two-way street."