on April 2, 2013 - 1:00 AM
Sept. 18, 1917 – March 30, 2013
Dr. Paul F. Hoffman, an internist and director of student health at the University of Buffalo, died Saturday in Amherst after a brief illness. He was 95.
Known for his sense of fun, his love of hockey and an affable bedside manner, he was adored by his patients and his daughter, Karen Brown.
“My father, he did everything with me,” said Brown, his only child. “He was like my best friend.”
When the first Sabres season began, he bought a pair of season tickets so he could go with Brown, who hadn’t known anything about the game. Yet. “I learned all about it,” she said. “It was just wonderful.”
Not long ago, Brown sat down with him to chronicle his life story. He told her that as a 1934 graduate of Riverside High School, which opened in 1930, his class was the first to go all four years.
In 1943, he was drafted into the Army after he graduated from medical school at the University of Buffalo. As a major, he oversaw 1,000 enlisted men and officers during his service in the United States and Europe. He was a battalion surgeon.
Starting in 1947, he worked for the Erie County Health Department and specialized in tuberculosis. From the 1950s to the mid-1970s, he administered the UB student infirmary. From the 1970s to his retirement in 2003, Dr. Hoffman gave physicals to Army recruits.
Services are private.