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Dr. Lawrence M. Wyner, M.D. - Biographical
Sketch of Dr. Hoffman
Acknowledgments & Credits
CHARLES ANTHONY HOFFMAN
Charles A. Hoffman was born in Ironton, Ohio, in 1904. It was while
he was working at a drugstore that he decided to enter medicine,
enrolling first in the School of Pharmacy at Ohio State. He received his
degree in pharmacy and began a brief career as a pharmacist in
drugstores in Ironton and in Huntington, West Virginia.
Hoffman later purchased the store and used the income
to attend Marshall College, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree
in 1931. He was then admitted to the College of Medicine at the
University of Cincinnati. In his senior year in medical school he became
ill, and lost one of his kidneys. From this incident he decided to
specialized in urology. Upon obtaining his medical degree he completed
his internship and residency at Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Employees
Hoffman became associated with three other urologists
in practice at Huntington, West Virginia, where he dedicated the rest of
his career to his profession and his community.
Almost immediately, he began taking an active part in
organized medicine. He served in a number of important positions in the
American Medical Association, including delegate,
secretary/treasurer and secretary of the Board of Trustees. In 1972 he
was elected its 127th President.
He also served as President of the American Urological
Association and was the first president of the American Association of
Clinical Urologists, which he helped found in 1968.
Following the establishment of a medical school at Marshall
University, he felt it was important to have a collection devoted to
the history of medicine for it faculty and students, as well as area
physicians. So, he
endowed the library, which bears his name.
He and his wife, Margaret Lynn, reared a family of four---one son
and three daughters. He died in 1981 in Huntington, West Virginia.
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