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In Memoriam - Professor Junius Hoffman

It is our sad duty to relate the news that Professor Junius Hoffman died over the weekend. We know that many of you knew him as a colleague, teacher, and friend, and would want to know. There are no public services planned. His obituary follows:

Junius Hoffman died Saturday, July 17, 2010, in Tucson from complications following surgery. Junie was born March 14, 1924, in Augusta, Maine. He spent most of his childhood in Maine and in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1943; he then became an officer in the Navy for the duration of World War II. Afterward, he received a Masters degree from Harvard University and an LLB from Yale Law School.

Junie worked 13 years in Cleveland, Ohio, at the law firm Jones, Day, Cockley, and Reavis, eventually becoming a partner in the firm. He moved to Tucson in 1967 to become a professor of law at the University of Arizona, teaching Corporations, Securities Regulation, and other business law courses to several generations of UA law students. In 1983, he was appointed to the Arizona Corporation Commission. In 1985, he was appointed Settlement Master for what was then the largest securities fraud trial in history. This class action, known as the WPPSS case, was brought against the Washington Public Power Supply System.

Junie delighted in all things educational, and he had a low tolerance for bad grammar. On several occasions, he was voted the “preppiest” professor at the law school. He always taught in a coat and tie, and he took great pleasure in his old-fashioned style. He often mentioned his intent to remain one of the steadfast few who never learned to use a computer.

Junie is survived by his wife, Joanne; daughter, Prue; son, Rick; daughter-in-law, Libby; and three grandchildren, Jean, Sam, and Gus. Junie was predeceased by his first wife, Jean, and by his son, Michael. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Junius Hoffman “Beyond the JD” scholarship at the James E. Rogers College of Law or to the Michael Hoffman Memorial Fund at Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts.

Cards of condolence to Professor Hoffman’s family may be sent to: The Hoffman family, c/o The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, P.O. Box 210176, Tucson, AZ 85721.

Updated: 07/21/2010