E. S. Hoffman; Gave Millions to Assist USC

Elaine Stevely Hoffman, widow of electronics magnate H. Leslie Hoffman, who with her late husband donated millions of dollars to Southland institutions, much of it to the University of Southern California, is dead.

The university announced Friday she had died at her San Marino home on Aug. 5 of pneumonia. She was 83.

Over the years the Hoffmans contributed millions of dollars to the university's Master Plan, which raised $126 million in the 1960s, and millions more toward construction of the Elaine Stevely Hoffman Medical Research Center and the H. Leslie Hoffman Hall of Business Administration.

The medical facility that bears her name is a nine-story, 117,000-square-foot structure with 90 laboratories devoted to medical research in biochemistry, pathology and microbiology. She also was a principal of the Hoffman Foundation, a major contributor to USC's Kenneth Norris Jr. Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Her other philanthropies included the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Pasadena Art Museum.

Survivors include a daughter and three granddaughters.

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