Robert Otto Hoffman Sr.

[ Age 76 ] Electrical engineer appeared in an episode of `The Wire.'

April 12, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Robert Otto Hoffman Sr., a retired electrical engineer who had worked for Bendix Radio Corp. and later Belfort Instruments, died of pancreatic cancer March 31 at his home in Parkville. He was 76.

Mr. Hoffman was born in Baltimore and raised on Collington Avenue and later in Canton. He was a 1950 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and served in the Air Force as a radar technician from 1951 to 1955.

In 1963, he earned an engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University. He worked at the Bendix plant in Hillendale from 1959 until his retirement in 1989.

While at Bendix, he designed cranes that were installed at Dundalk Marine Terminal, family members said.

He was manager of engineering sciences at Belfort Instruments for a decade until retiring a second time in 1999.

Mr. Hoffman enjoyed acting and had been a member of the Suburban Players. He also was a member of the Senior Star Showcase, which presents shows in area retirement communities.

His first paid performance, family members said, was as a homeless person in an episode of The Wire.

Mr. Hoffman, an avid golfer, had been a longtime active member of the Optimist Club.

He was a recovering alcoholic and had celebrated 21 years of sobriety, said his wife of 52 years, the former Joan Klingmeyer.

Mr. Hoffman, who left his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board, was a longtime member of Calvary Lutheran Church, 2625 E. Northern Parkway, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. April 23.

Survivors also include three sons, Robert O. Hoffman Jr. of Niceville, Fla., James S. Hoffman of Perry Hall and David R. Hoffman of Charleston, S.C.; a daughter, Lisa C. Klimko of Parkville; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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