William A. Hoffman Jr., hospital human resources executive, dies

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William A. Hoffman Jr., a retired vice president of human resources at MedStar Harbor Hospital who enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay, died Monday of heart failure at Future Care of the Chesapeake in Arnold.

The longtime Severna Park resident was 88.


The son of William Arthur Hoffman Sr., a wallpaper hanger, and Amelia Tiedemann Hoffman, a homemaker, William Arthur Hoffman Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Walbrook.

After graduating in 1946 from Forest Park High School, he worked for Pittsburgh Plate Glass before joining the Coast Guard in 1951; he served as an electrician's mate.


Following his Coast Guard service, Mr. Hoffman worked as a representative for Dickman, Wright & Pugh and States Marine-Isthmian steamship companies.

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He earned a bachelor's degree in business in 1961 from the University of Baltimore and from 1968 until his retirement in 1983, he was vice president of human resources for the old Harbor Hospital, now MedStar Harbor Hospital.

An avid sailor and competitive racer, Mr. Hoffman sold sailboats for Island Yacht Brokers on Kent Island after retiring from the hospital.

He was a member and former president of the Grachur Club, as well as a member of the Potapskut Sailing Association, Magothy River Sailing Association and the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association.

His wife of 45 years, Dorothy Mae Poist, died in 1995.

Mr. Hoffman was a member of Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road in Severna Park, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Nancy Ireland; a son, Douglas William Hoffman of Hamilton; a daughter, Diane Patricia Ford of Severna Park; two stepsons, Mark Beynon of Catonsville and Craig M. Beynon of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Christine A. Quinones of Millersville; and two grandchildren.