Harry Pitts Hoffman Jr. – obituary | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Harry Pitts Hoffman Jr. – obituary

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

Harry Pitts Hoffman Jr., Medical Doctor and Master of Public Health, age 61, Zephyr Cove, Nev., died unexpectedly May 11, 2004, at Sutter Memorial Hospital, Sacramento, Calif.

Harry was born in New Bern, N.C., a son of the late Harry P., MD, and Joyce (Lewis) Hoffman. He was raised in Bloomsburg, Pa., where he graduated from Bloomsburg High School in 1960. He also graduated from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Following several tours of duty as a Navy pilot in Vietnam, he returned to Philadelphia, Pa., and graduated from Hahnemann Medical School. He held the dual rank of Naval Flight Surgeon-Pilot for 18 years. Following his naval service, Dr. Hoffman worked on various medical projects worldwide.

Dr. Hoffman resumed his military service with the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel on August 31, 1989. In his retirement, he enjoyed managing Web sites for his high school class, his Naval Academy class and several professional organizations. He served on the editorial board of the Electronic Journal of Surgery and Specialist Medicine.

Harry was a member of the MENSA Society, the Aerospace Medical Association, the International Association of Military Surgeons/Pilots, the Civil Aviation Medical Association, and a past member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S. Society of Air Force Engineers Association, the Society of U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeons, the Society of U.S. Navy Flight Surgeons and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

Harry had several papers published in the Naval Institute Proceedings and in the technical publications of the U.S. Navy. He made a presentation on Traumatic Lesions of the Cervical Spine at the NATO Conference in Bodo, Norway.

He is survived by three children: Julie Hoffman Ball, Dental Medical Doctor, Virginia Beach, Va.; Sheila Marie Hoffman, Smyrna, Ga.; Christopher A. Hoffman, Daphne, Ala.; a brother, Thomas L. Hoffman and wife Terri, Pensacola, Fla.; a sister, Diana Hoffman and husband Michael Regan, Quakertown, Pa.; three nephews and one niece; and his dear friend, Lorraine Chew, Sacramento, Calif.

Memorial services will be May 22, 2004, at 11 a.m. in the Dean W. Kriner Inc. Funeral Home, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg, Pa. Interment with full military honors in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Friends may call Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Fund or to the American Cancer Society.

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