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  • Richard Hoffman

Richard Boyd Hoffman Richard Boyd Hoffman died on Thursday, September 26, 2013, in Charlottesville, VA, after a two-year adventure with peritoneal cancer. Born June 5, 1945, in High Point, NC, Richard was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University. He worked for 30 years at the National Park Service Interpretive Design Center in Harpers Ferry, WV, developing media that interpret the parks to the public. There he planned and wrote text for wayside (outdoor) exhibits for many park areas, from Everglades to Mount Rainier and from Alaska to Hawaii. Some of Richard's favorite projects were international, teaming with NPS colleagues to work on park projects in India, Iceland, Bulgaria, and Poland. In retirement since 2004, Richard wrote poetry, volunteer-tutored English as a Second Language and GED students in math and English at Charlottesville's Adult Learning Center and, with his wife, Audrey, raced outrigger canoes on the Chesapeake Bay. Two volumes of his poetry, Weathering Wilderness and Hold You in the Light, will be published later this year by Birch Brook Press and Birch Brook Impressions, respectively. He is survived by his wife, Audrey Ann Dannenberg; his daughter, Angela Hoffman Geddes; his sister, Sue Hoffman; and his stepdaughter, Alison Travers. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard's name may be made to the National Park Foundation, 1201 Eye Street NW, Suite 550B, Washington, DC 20005, or to the Friends of the Washington Canoe Club, P.O. Box 25449, Washington, DC 20027. The memorial service will be private.

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