Hoffmann, Thomas R. age 79, passed away June 13, 2013. Tom joined Central Lutheran Church (CLC) in 1963, having transferred from Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison, WI where he had been an active member and served on its church council. At CLC he served as President, Vice President, and Treasurer. He was also both President and a member of the Board of Trustees, member of the Senior Choir, and past Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee. He joined the Central Lutheran Church Foundation in 1987, was elected as President in 1996, and remained as President until his death. Tom is Professor Emeritus from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He is one of the founders of the University's Management Information Systems Research Center and served as Chairman of the Management Sciences Department. Tom, who received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, has published over 50 articles for professional journals and conferences; his textbooks are used world- wide. He was co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Operations Management and served as a reviewer for Production & Inventory Management and The International Journal of Production Research. He served as Chairman of the Curricula and Certification Council of APICS, The Association for Operations Management, co-chaired the APICS Academic-Practitioner Liaison Committee, and was President of this 75,000 member international organization in 1998. He served as President of both the Twin Cities Chapter of APICS and the Upper Midwest Chapter of The Institute of Management Sciences. Tom is cited in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, and American Men and Women of Science, and has consulted with numerous firms. Preceded in death by brother, Paul. Survived by wife, Lorna, the love of his life for 55 years; son, Timothy (Wendy); brother, Ralph; and many nieces, nephews & friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Central Lutheran Church Foundation. Funeral service, Saturday, June 22, 11 AM with visitation starting at 9:30 AM at Central Lutheran Church, 333 S 12th St., Minneapolis. Interment Dawn Valley Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. www.Washburn-McReavy.com
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