HOFFMAN, DDS, Melvin Karl On July 31, 2013, Dr. Melvin Karl Hoffman passed away. Born in 1921 in a suburb of Pittsburgh, he left home at 16 years of age to pursue college in Los Angeles, where he attended the University of California and the University of Southern California as an undergraduate. He graduated from the USC School of Dentistry, where he later taught as an adjunct professor. During WWII, he served in the 339th Fighter Squadron, flying P-38 "Lightenings" in the Pacific Front. Following the war, he practiced dentistry in the greater LA area for nearly five decades. He was an active member of the Jones Gold Foil Study Club, the Optimists, and Rotary. Besides his family, his loves were the stock market, stamp collecting, and animals, and farming. He is survived by his current wife, children, grand- and great-grandchildren.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 8, 2013