HOFFMANN--Peter. Peter Paul Hoffmann, 78, of Rhinecliff, NY, beloved husband of Sarah (Briggs) Hoffmann passed away on April 18, 2014. Peter was an award-winning author, journalist, and photographer. As the editor and publisher of the "Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Letter", launched in 1986, he championed the cause of hydrogen and fuel cells as the clean energy carrier of the future. He is the author of two books on the subject; "Tomorrow's Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet" and "The Forever Fuel: The Story of Hydrogen". Born December 28, 1935 in Berlin, Germany the son of Rudolph and Kaethe (Floeter) Hoffmann, he first came to the United States in 1952 as an AFS exchange student in Tucson. He returned to the United States to graduate from the University of South Dakota and went on to receive an MA from Yale as well as a masters from the Columbia School of Journalism. Early in his career he worked as a journalist for the AP, The Washington Post and Time Magazine and then went on to spend the next 20 years as a correspondent and bureau chief for McGraw-Hill World News in Bonn, Germany; Milan, Italy and Washington, DC. His passions included photography, jazz, and bad puns. Peter loved his family; sons Peter, Rem, and Ben; daughters-in-law Jill and Carla; grandson Liam and his constant companion Giotto. As an only child he treasured his turbulent new family of Briggs in-laws. Memorial donations may be made in Peter's memory to the Rhinebeck Science Foundation, PO Box 508, Rhinebeck NY 12572.
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Published in The New York Times on Apr. 27, 2014