IVAN MARTIN HOFFMAN
1886 - 1968
Ivan M. HOFFMAN was born January 25, 1886 on a farm in the Redding area of southeast Iowa, the son of David Franklin and
Mary Serena (GRIFFITH) HOFFMAN. After completing his studies at
Redding high school and the Simpson Academy he enrolled Simpson College. His emphasis on the study of classical languages
was based on the conviction that to be a scholar one must know Greek and Latin. In an era when literary societies were
prominent on campus, he was a member of the Kallonian Society and the college debate team. In his senior year he
emphasized studies in the commercial department. After receiving the A.B. degree he began his life's work, teaching
business education in secondary schools.
In August 1914 he married Susan DENNY of Redding, Iowa, who graduated from the
Simpson Academy in 1912.
His first teaching assignment was in Jefferson, Iowa and he later moved to a forty-year career
in St. Louis, Missouri, school system from which he retired in 1956. In 1932 he received his Master's degree from
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. HOFFMAN'S interests in higher education and his college were abiding.
He was present at the 45th Anniversary reunion of his Class of 1913 at Simpson. His many friends were saddened by the
passing of this loyal alumnus and friend on June 3, 1968.
Harriet HOFFMAN, his daughter, continues his work as a teacher.
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