Michele D. Ogle


Michele D. Ogle passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home with her family at her side on October 14, 2020 after a long illness. Born on November 3, 1951 to the late Michael and Marion Dollar, she was raised in Pennsylvania.

Michele majored in mathematics at Indiana College of Pennsylvania. She moved to Schenectady after graduating college, and began working for GE in 1974. Michele had a prolific career working at GE in their research and development department, and earned her Master's degree in computer science while working and raising three sons. Her name was added to 30 patents during her 32 year career at GE. She left GE and started her second career teaching mathematics and computer programming at Empire State College, where she worked for 12 years.

Her smile and laughter will be missed by those she leaves behind; her loving husband J. Thomas (Tom) Ogle and their sons, John M. of Clifton Park, NY, Robert W. of Zhenjiang, China, and Gregory J., his wife Allison, and their daughters Erin Regina and Maeve Michele of Bayonne, NJ. She is also survived by her two sisters, Cheryl (Troy) Dollar of Red Oak, TX and Virginia Dollar of Fairfield, OH.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Guest Book

Fiona Chen

Dear Bob,
I'm so sorry for your loss.I've never seen her, but heard so much about her.May she rest in peace. Hope you and your family take care.I will be with you to accompany and support you.

E. K. Ting

To the family of Michelle Ogle

While I knew Michelle was intelligent, engaging and industrious when I hired her at SUNY Empire State, I found her ability to view a situation from multiple perspectives and her dedication to "finding things out" to be such a gift to our college and to the people she worked with.

We had similar corporate career backgrounds, and we shared an interest in organic foods and I remember our many interesting discussions. I only found out reading this posting that we also shared a birthday.

My condolences to your family at losing her so soon.

Evelyn Ting

Ginny Dollar

My sister was dedicated to supporting and caring for her family. There will always be a special place in my heart for my little sister, Mikie.

David M Stankavich

Dear Tom & family:

I am so sorry to read about Michele's passing. My sympathy and prayers go out to you.

Leslie Dussault

I'm so sorry to read about Michele's passing on our ESC website today. I remember "hiring" Michele in the old Center for Learning and Technology and working with her. She then moved to another office, as did I and we eventually ended up in the same building - 113 West Avenue - several years later. We usually chatted around the water cooler/kitchen just on life in general and the last time we spoke, she spoke was talking about having a family dinner and I think it involved an apple pie or something like that. We've been out of the office for 7 weeks so I'm sorry to see that she has passed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. RIP Michele!

Susan Fox

Michele was a good friend as well as a colleague and mentor. We worked together for eight years at SUNY Empire, and I learned a great deal from her. She taught me how to keep things in perspective, even in difficult situations. She was quick to share tips and help us all with software questions, and she always had a logical solution for whatever problems we faced. In the past two years, I also learned strength from her.

Naftali and I offer our deepest condolences, and I thank you for sharing that wonderful photo. It's exactly as I remember her--in her blazer with that Michele smile, probably about to laugh.

Nadine Fernandez

Michelle will be sorely missed at Empire State College. It was a pleasure to work with her. I appreciated her attention to detail and her patience!

Graham Holmes

I worked with Michele for several years at GE Global Research. When we stopped working together we had occasional lunches together, but then drifted apart.

It was (almost) always a pleasure to work with her. I was the engineer, she was the programmer, and early on in our working relationship she told me sharply to stop interfering with her work, and trying to control every line of code she wrote - otherwise I might as well write the code myself. She was right. An important lesson learned, thanks to Michele.

Tom Mackey

So sorry for your loss. Michelle was such a brilliant and caring person who always thought of students first. She was an outstanding educator who was knowledgeable and creative in all that she did. I very much enjoyed working with Michelle at SUNY Empire State College. She was a great colleague. Condolences to your entire family during this difficult time.

Glenn, Kara, Chris Nelson

So sorry for your loss. If you feel the need to talk Tom please feel free to contact us, we've been down a very similar road.

Roxanne and Al Lawrence

Her colleagues at Empire State College will miss Michele's consistent good humor, eagerness to help, comprehensive knowledge and competence and conscientious attention to detail. It was a joy to have known her and worked with her.

Meg Benke, Provost Empire State College

On behalf of the college, we remember and celebrate the many contributions of Michele. Michele joined us to be a faculty member, bringing her many years of experience in the "real world" of General Electric to help our adult students to understand math and computer science. She brought real world experience to her teaching and mentoring. She then worked with us in an important position to support the curriculum development and teaching in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Through this work, she influenced thousands of our students over her twelve years with us.

As my colleagues have mentioned, she also was a special optimistic and always smiling friend we loved to see every day! She was involved in our college in many ways beyond her work, and we will miss her.

Thank you to her husband and family for sharing her with us.

Meg Benke

Nancy Yakush and Al Nusco

Michele was also an avid bowler. My dad and I spent many a Thursday evening in her wonderful company. She always had a smile and a laugh that could cheer me up when I was down. A comforting presence, a confidant and a friend, she was all of these and more. Rest easy, my friend. I will miss you.

Kate Scacchetti

It was an honor and privilege to work alongside Michele at ESC. She would often come to my desk to say hello when she was in the "neighborhood", and our friendly chats would sometimes turn into successful problem solving missions. I had such respect for her wisdom and guidance, and her positivity and strength throughout her fight was awe inspiring. Michele was an exceptional human being and made an incredible impact on me. She will be missed.

Kathleen Stacey

Please accept my deep condolences for your loss.

I worked with Michele at ESC. My office was across the hall from hers so we saw each other and got the chance to chat a little bit every day. She was always happy to share her knowledge when I needed her advice on math and computer science questions.

We were both part of a "taste-testing" group that eagerly tried and gave feedback to one of our colleagues who would bring in her homemade ice cream and confections to share. Happy memories.

Michele was so humble. She had such an impressive career at GE, but never bragged about it. She was also very brave. She dealt with her illness quietly, not wanting to be treated differently.

She was one of the first friends I had when I moved from my old position at 2 Union over to the "academic side" at 113 West. She will be greatly missed.

Kathleen Stacey

Julie Shaw

Thank you, Michele, for being such a warm, responsive, and integrative part of our SUNY-Empire social/behavioral science team. It was always good to share a spot of conversation midst the sundry activities of our academic environment. I admired your persistence even as you confronted health issues.
My condolences to your family in the face of your loss.

Julie Shaw
SUNY-Empire State College colleague

Dee Britton

Michele was such a wonderful person. I miss her patience, laughter, and commitment to SUNY Empire State College. Rest in peace.

Kathy Cole

I had the honor of working with Michele at Empire State College. As a SMAT team member, Michele was my 'go-to' person because of her wealth of knowledge about everything related to science, math, and technology. Michele always maintained her composure during the most hectic times and never, ever had a negative word for anyone and I absolutely enjoyed working with her. Heaven gained another angel and my heart-felt condolences to her family.