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Thomas R. Hoffmann

Edina, Minnesota

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Very sad to hear of the passing of Tom, who was one of the most impressive people I have met through my relationship with APICS. Always ready to give of his time to help however he could.
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Tom was one of a handful of individuals that completely changed my life. It is largely due to him that I moved from Ohio to Minnesota in 1976 to pursue a PhD. "All you need to do is get some signatures" I recall him telling me as the Department Chair. Of course, getting those signatures is another story. I will always be grateful that I met Tom and for everything that he did for me. I am honored to have known such a wonderful person.


Claire and I were shocked and saddened by the news of Tom's passing. Tom was a long time colleague and we served together in many roles in APICS, over the past 30 years. He worked tirelessly to promote the education of professionals in our field. We will always cherish our memories of the wonderful visit to China, which he lead. You are your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time, and may God give you the comfort that he lived a long and purposeful...

Tom was a good fisherman, a gentleman and one of the three or four PhD's that have crossed my path in about 70 years that truly had enough sense to come out of the rain...mainly because the lightning was starting to sparkle off the tips of our fishing rods. I will miss him.

It was my pleasure and a privilege to work with Dr. Hoffman in the APICS organization for a number of years. Region Five was a close knit group and he was an obvious leader in the pursuit of excellence in manufacturing. His guidance and counsel will be missed by all who knew him. Larry Smith, McPherson, KS


Tom was and will continue to be my APICS mentor in memory and spirit. I looked forward to every moment we shared together and will sorely miss him. First, I learned from his book and then later in his presence, and finally, Janet and I so enjoyed our many dinners together with you and Tom. We will miss him and you and your family are in our prayers.

Tom was always so supportive and thoughtful. Wonderful person and teacher! I was a student in the department in 1980s.

Lorna--Mariann and I want to express our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Tom. He was a good friend and colleague and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

Tom was a gentleman and a friend. I got to know him when I spent a sabbatical leave at the University of Minnesota in 1974, and my wife and I were dinner guests at Lorna and Tom's home one very enjoyable evening. Tom and I spoke at many professional meetings in the years that followed, and I always enjoyed visiting with him. He will be missed.


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