William H. Hoffman, a retired
William Harry Hoffman was born in Baltimore and raised on East Lanvale Street and his grandfather's
After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1950, he worked briefly as a carpenter's assistant and as a draftsman at
He also drove a Diamond taxi during those years to earn extra money to help support his growing family.
From 1963 to 1967, he was a mechanical engineer for the
He worked for
Mr. Hoffman specialized in procuring and developing FDA laboratory spaces across the nation. He also led the consolidation of FDA facilities in the Washington area and the design and development of the FDA's Mod 1 facility in Greenbelt.
A resident of Columbia for the past six months, Mr. Hoffman was an avid opera fan and supported the
His wife of 48 years, the former Eve Benesch, died in 1999.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Harry H. Witzke Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike in Ellicott City.
Mr. Hoffman is survived by a son, Harry J. Hoffman of Ellicott City; two daughters, Claire E. Hoffman of West River and Kay H. Gold of