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Fred S. Hoffman


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Fred S. Hoffman Obituary
June 30, 1924 - December 27, 2016 Los Angeles -- Fred S. Hoffman, 92, died Tuesday, 27 December 2016 at his home, surrounded by family, in Los Angeles, CA. Born in New York, NY to Aaron Hoffman and Sarah Falk-Hoffman, Mr. Hoffman served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1943-1946, with deployments in the Pacific Theater as 1st Lieutenant, Bombardier, Airborne Radar Navigator (Air Medal, 1945). Mr. Hoffman received a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. An economist and a policy-maker, he served the U.S. government in manifold capacities; his areas of expertise included the analysis of nuclear offensive and defensive forces and programs (Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Defense, 1965-1967) and budgeting for national security, international affairs, atomic energy, and space (Assistant Director of the Budget Bureau, 1967-1969). He spent many years before and after his time in government at the RAND Corporation, where he researched and advised on international energy policy and arms control; his collaborations with friends and colleagues there, including Albert Wohlstetter and Henry "Harry" Rowen, helped lay the foundation for U.S. policies that reduced the possibility for nuclear warfare. A loyal friend, an avid correspondent, and a lifelong man of ideas, Mr. Hoffman was, as well, a loving husband, father, uncle, and grandfather; he will be sorely missed. He was preceded in death by his son, Jonathan Hoffman, and is survived by Ellen Hoffman, his wife of 69 years; his daughters, Drs. Andrea Kachuck and Jennifer Bolnick; and his eight grandchildren, Aaron, Reuven, Samuel, Nate, Ethan, Gabriel, Olivia, and Yitzhak.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 29, 2016
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