Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Wayne W. Hoffmann, AUS (Ret.)

Wayne Warren Hoffmann passed away on his birthday at 84 years of age. He was born in Hollis, New York to Harry and Florence Hoffmann, their only child. From early childhood, he was an energetic lad, loving life and his friends.

Wayne graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and then Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia, where he met his future wife, Nancy Mangum. In 1961, he began a long career, first as an Army chaplain, serving one year in Korea. He later joined the Army Reserve and was a Presbyterian campus minister at the University of Mississippi. He then attended Indiana University where he earned a doctorate degree in education and became a university administrator in Florida.

He always had a desire to help those less fortunate and thus became Vice President for Development at Mary Holmes College in West Point, Mississippi. He felt he served at a critical time in the school’s educational and social development. Then he assumed the role of VP for Development at Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri. In 1979, Wayne and his family moved to California and he became VP for Development at Chapman University, and later oversaw their Residence Education Centers. Ten years later, he became president of Independent Colleges of Northern California in San Francisco.

Continuing in the Army Reserve, Wayne was honored to become brigadier general, holding the position of associate chief of chaplains. He received many awards and medals during his Army career, but as he said, “They paled in significance, compared to the privilege of helping his Army men and women.”

Wayne volunteered in various churches throughout his career. He led church classes, preached often, and twice served as parish associate in Sausalito Presbyterian Church and Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Coronado. He also was an interim pastor at Southeast Presbyterian Church in San Diego and served on the Board of Trustees for the San Francisco Theological Seminary.

After 38 years of service in the U.S. Army, Wayne retired and became the National Chaplain of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), as well as an officer of the local chapter. He served as president of the Coronado Roundtable and was a member of the Coronado Rotary Club. He enjoyed his participation at the annual Memorial Day service at Star Park Circle. On a weekly basis, he met with a morning coffee group of fellow military chaplains and other friends. An important highlight in his retirement yeas was being selected for Coronado’s Avenue of the Heroes in 2019.

Wayne was especially proud of his family, his wife Nancy of 60 years; his children Richard and Evelyn (Tom); and his three grandchildren, Scott, Megan and David. They have wonderful memories of his kindness, wisdom, sense of humor and enthusiasm for life. They treasure the many trips and other adventures they shared together. Their strong love for him was evident throughout his life, and especially in his last days, and all expressed their appreciation to him.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 700 D Avenue on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. A donation in his honor can be made to Columbia Theological Seminary, Class of 1962 Scholarship Fund, 7015 Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030.

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