Herbert William Hoffman, age 99, passed away on Friday February 4, 2022. He was born January 20, 1923, in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Samuel and Esther Hoffman. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Myra L. Hoffman, his siblings Sidney Hoffman, Bernard Hoffman, and Marcie Golberg and their spouses. He is survived by his children Kari Hoffman, Randy Hoffman, Laura Fielden (Roger), and Larry Hoffman, his grandchildren Sam Fielden (Christy), Jessy Estroff (Ryan), Emily Hoffman (Sorrel Inman), E.K. Hoffman (Quill Thomas), Max Hoffman (Indy Alexander), and Riley Chapman, and great-grandchildren Myra Fielden, Archie Fielden, and Naomi Estroff.
Mr. Hoffman earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering at Johns Hopkins and when WWII broke out, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers with assignments to the Manhattan Engineering Project’s Special Engineering Detachment first at Columbia University, then Oak Ridge, and finally at Los Alamos. After the war he returned to Johns Hopkins to earn a doctorate in Chemical Engineering. He spent his career at ORNL in the Engineering Technology Division where he led a section on Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamics for 35 years. During that time, he also served as an Adjunct Professor in the UT Department of Engineering Mechanics and was an active member of various professional engineering organizations. After his retirement from ORNL, he worked at PAI Corporation as a consultant.
Mr. Hoffman was very active in the community. He served as President of both the Oak Ridge and Tennessee Mental Health Associations and was the Research Chairman of the National Mental Health Association. He was appointed by the Tennessee Governor to the first Board of the Lakeshore Mental Health Institute where he served as Board Vice-President. He also served on the boards of Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services, Oak Ridge Methodist Hospital, and CASA. He was one of the original co-founders of the Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge and served several terms as the synagogue’s president.
Graveside services will be held Sunday February 6, 2022, 1:00 pm at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. Shiva will take place Sunday February 6 through Thursday February 10 at 6:30 p.m. each day outside the Hoffman home. Both graveside and Shiva services will be available on the JCOR Zoom link. In leu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge 101 W Madison Ln, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 or Mental Health Association Of East Tennessee 9050 Executive Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37923.
Mott-McKamey Funeral Home and Cremations are in charge of the services.