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Thomas Hoffman

Thomas Hoffman


At Rochester:

  • Four-year letterwinner for football from 1946-49, playing 34 consecutive games
  • Most Improved Player, 1946, Outstanding Lineman, 1947
  • Team Captain, 1949
  • Three letters in track and field, throwing the discus and shot put
  • Learned downhill skiing at the University and was a co-founder of the UR Outing Club in 1948
  • Enrollment at the University delayed when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program in 1944
  • Elected Phi Beta Kappa and awarded a Tau Beta Pi scholarship for graduate school
  • Graduated in the Centennial Class of 1950 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering


  • Earned his M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1951
  • Earned Professional Engineer degree from MIT in 1954
  • Played two seasons of semipro football while at MIT
  • Played six years of club rugby while at MIT
  • Worked at the DAC Laboratory at MIT
  • Accepted a position with Arthur D. Little, Inc. in Cambridge, MA in 1956 and stayed there until his retirement in 1986, except for a 15-year hiatus as Chief Engineer for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge
  • Presently a self-employed consulting engineer and living in Marblehead, MA with wife Jill since 1956
  • One child, daughter Betsy, who also lives in Marblehead with her husband and our two grandsons