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January 7, 2013

Clarke G. Hoffman

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---- — Clarke G. Hoffman

DELHI — Clarke Gibson Hoffman, 98, well-respected, retired Director of Admissions and Dean of Students at Delhi College, died peacefully, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse.

He was born Dec. 18, 1914, in Walton, the only child of John C. and Elizabeth (Gibson) Hoffman. 

A graduate of Walton High School, where he excelled in sports, he was an avid reader and talented cartoonist. He attended Marietta (Ohio) College, transferring to Syracuse University, majoring in Social Science and History, receiving his BA in Liberal Arts, and MA in Secondary Education Administration. It was there he met his future wife, Jane Hinds, whom he married Sept 9, 1939, in Utica, a union of 66 years, until her death, Dec 24, 2005.

Clarke taught at Laurens High School for two years, then moved to Delhi (1941), where he taught history at Delaware Academy, was director of athletics, coached basketball and football, also running the summer swimming program at Silver Lake.

A WW II Army veteran, he served 1944-45, after which he began teaching social science and history at Delhi College. During his career at SUNY Delhi, he was Director of Admissions, Dean of Men, Dean of Students and, later, Vice President for Student Affairs. During these years, he bowled with the college faculty team, took up oil painting, closely followed the Delaware Academy football and basketball teams and enjoyed an active social life. 

After retirement (1977), Clarke continued to be an avid reader, took up gardening, and traveled to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. 

He was a member of Delhi United Ministry. 

Surviving are three children Kaye (Lloyd) Kanev, East Marion, John (Kay) Hoffman, Santa Fe, N.M., and Karen (Jack) Rich, Hastings; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, at Hall & Peet Funeral Home, Delhi, where services will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, by the Rev. Martha E. Vink.

Burial with Military Honors will be later, in Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta.

Contributions to Delhi Community Pool Fund, or Cannon Free Library, appreciated.

Arrangements entrusted to Robert A. Peet.