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Richard B. Hoffman, MD

Torrance Memorial Medical Center Foundation President and Diagnostic Radiologist, Richard (Dick) B. Hoffman, MD, succumbed to complications of acute leukemia on the night of Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at the age of 74. Dick was a one-of-a-kind man who touched and influenced the lives of many both professionally and personally. He grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he attended the University of Minnesota. After only two years of college he entered University of Minnesota Medical. School. He completed his Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at UCLA, where he remained on staff as an Assistant Professor. Dick then entered the US Army, where he served as the Chief of the Department of Radiology at the main US Army Hospital in Europe in Landstuhl, Germany, setting up the first cardiac catheterization laboratory. In 1969 Dick joined the staff at St. Francis Hospital in Linwood, California as an Interventional Radiologist. He left St. Francis to come to Torrance Memorial Hospital in 1973, recognizing the potential of this new facility with its dynamic young medical staff. The decision to come to Torrance Memorial was one of his most important and gratifying. Together with the progressive Hospital Administration he pioneered the development of the Radiology Department into what he believed was one of the best in Southern California. Dick spent 38 years at Torrance Memorial, serving as a many time Chief of the Radiology Department and prominent hospital Foundation Board member and ultimate Foundation Board President. His passion and commitment to his specialty and the hospital were unparalleled. Dick had a unlimited zest for learning and quest for new knowledge. He was Board Certified in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. He introduced ultrasound and PET/CT to Torrance Memorial, and at the age of 74 was certified by the Board of Cardiology in Cardiac CT. Dick's devotion to his work was only paralleled by his devotion to his family. His 48-year marriage to his wife, partner and best friend, Carole, was his proudest accomplishment. They raised Dr. Rex Hoffman, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at the Disney Family Cancer Center, Providence St. Josephs Hospital in Burbank, California and Dr. Heidi Hoffman, who followed in her father's footsteps and became a partner in the Department of Radiology at Torrance Memorial. His children and their accomplishments, as well as his two grandsons, were sources of tremendous joy and pride. Dick will be remembered as a man of unparalleled passion, dignity, strength, drive, humility and wisdom. In September, 2011, he was fortunate enough to enjoy the honor of a Living Tribute at Torrance Memorial, wherein many of his professional colleagues shared their admiration, respect and love for him. Dick is survived by his wife Carole, son Rex, daughter Heidi, daughter-in-law Erin, brother Stuart, and grandsons Grady and Ethan. A Reception and Celebration of his Life will be held at Rolling Hills Country Club in Rolling Hills Estates on Sunday, December 4, 2011, from 4-6 PM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Dick's honor to Torrance Memorial Medical Center Foundation. Pllease sign the guest
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Published in Daily Breeze from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5, 2011
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