1919 - 2012
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Dr. Heiner Hoffman, passed away on October 27 in New York at the age of ninety three. Dr. Hoffman was professor emeritus of microbiology at New York University where he taught for thirty years. He authored a standard textbook on dental microbiology, as well as many important scientific research papers. Early on, he championed the use of sterilization of all instruments in dental practice.
Dr. Hoffman pioneered the use of time-lapse photomicrography in studying the growth and division of bacteria. He also discovered that some antibacterial enzymes were more effective at above normal body temperatures, which demonstrated that fevers were a way that the body fights infections.
Dr. Hoffman was born in Cleveland, Ohio, earned his BS from Western Reserve University, his D.M.D from University of Louisville and his PhD from Ohio State University in microbiology. He served as a Dentist in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He is included in the forthcoming new editions of Outstanding People of the 20th Century, 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century, and the Dictionary of International Biography. Dr. Hoffman is cited in the current edition of American Men and Women of Science. He was a member of the Society of Sigma Xi, the American Society of Dental Research. He is a former President of the Whitestone Hebrew Center, Flushing New York.
Dr. Hoffman was preceded in death by; his parents, Harry and Pauline Hoffman of Cleveland Ohio, loving wife Claire Perlstein Hoffman, twin brother Joseph, and Abraham. He is survived by his sister Ruth Barkan (Irving) of Columbus, Ohio, Adelle Hart (Philmore) of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and his sister-in-law Sylvia Oster of Huntington Beach, California.
Together with his wife Claire, they traveled widely: having no children of their own established loving relations with countless nieces, nephews and cousin all over the country. He was a voracious reader and learned on a great variety of subjects. He was always engaged in life and in intellectual questions and pursuits. His detailed knowledge and stories about his extended family history was enthralling to listen to. Together, along with his loyal and loving caregivers, we give thanks that he will live on as a cherished memory in our hearts and minds.
Funeral arrangements were by Sinai Chapels, Fresh Meadows, NY.
Published on NYTimes.com from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2012
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