Oliver Lee Hoffman

Oliver Lee Hoffman ( / May 7, 2011)

Oliver L. Hoffman Jr., a retired steel company executive who enjoyed watersports, died April 11 of complications from Parkinson's disease at his Arnold home. He was 87.

The son of Oliver Lee Hoffman, a coal company executive, and Mayme Manges Hoffman, a homemaker, Oliver Lee Hoffman Jr. was born and raised in Windber, Pa., where he graduated from Windber High School in 1944.

From 1944 to 1946, he served in the Army Air Corps at Gettysburg College. After leaving the service, he attended Carnegie Tech, which is now Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied civil engineering on the GI Bill.

He joined Republic Steel in 1949 and lived in Harrisburg, Pa., for 18 years until moving to Arnold in 1968, when he was named head of Republic's Baltimore office. He retired in 1985.

He was an accomplished French horn player and was a member of the Kiltie Band. As a member of the Bay Winds Band, he performed throughout Anne Arundel County.

Mr. Hoffman enjoyed spending time at homes on the Outer Banks and at Bethany Beach, Del. He also liked sailing on the Magothy River and continued water skiing into his 70s, and traveling.

He played golf and was a member of the Naval Academy Golf Club.

Mr. Hoffman was a former member, elder and choir member at Christ Presbyterian Church in Camp Hill, Pa.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, 171 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Patricia Ann McCall; a son, Wesley Hoffman of Laguna Vista, Texas; two daughters, Cindy Whittle of Annapolis and Janie Abbott of Arnold; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com