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Richard M. Hoffman AMP ’44

Richard M. Hoffman AMP ’44, August 12, 2012, in Palo Alto, California. Richard studied at Reed in the premeteorology program during World War II and served in the army as a communications officer. After the war, he went home to Minneapolis and completed a BS in mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota. “I feel very fortunate to have spent one year at Reed,” Richard wrote. “That, plus my two and half years at the University of Minnesota, gave me a diversified educational experience in preparation for a successful life. Thank you, Reed College.” Richard operated the R.M. Hoffman Company, a business for mechanical power transmission components, for over 30 years, and he also published books about the mobile home industry through his company, Hoffman Books. He and his wife, Caroline, who were married for 62 years, raised a daughter and two sons. Richard’s lifelong passion for learning and libraries directed the couple’s successful efforts to establish two significant libraries within their communities. Survivors include his wife and children, seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2012

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