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Burton R. Hoffman, 85, Longtime Hawthorne Resident, Poet & Writer

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. - Burton R. Hoffmann, a longtime resident of Hawthorne, died June 14. He was 85.

Hoffmann was born Nov. 20, 1927, and raised in Manning, Iowa. He attended Grinnell College in Iowa and Columbia University in New York, receiving a doctorate in 1970. He went on to teach choral and instrumental music in the public schools of Iowa and Westchester County, New York.

He took an early retirement from teaching in order to devote his time to writing. His poetry and memoirs have appeared in a number of small magazines across the country. His book, Family Tree: Memories from Childhood was published by Press-Tige Publishers in 2001 in Catskill. His children's book, Millicent the Magnificent was published by Polar & Company of Solon, Maine in 2004. One of his plays, Carries Choice was produced by Arena Players of Long Island in 1989. Two plays, Tales of Hoffmann and All the Rugged Way, were given showcase performances by the Theater Studio of New York City.

Hoffman is survived by his longtime partner, Bob Erler; sister-in-law, Gloria Hoffmann; niece, Ann Hoover (Scott); nephew, David Hoffmann (Lisa); and their families.

There will be a celebration of Hoffman's life at 2 p.m. Friday, June 21 at the Hawthorne Funeral Home. Interment in Hawthorne Reformed Church Cemetery, Hawthorne.

Contributions in Hoffman's name may be made to the American Diabetes Association .

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