Scott Hoffman Rest In Peace
On Saturday afternoon at 12:40, my good friend and former colleague Scott Hoffman succumbed to the melanoma he had fought for the past year. Scott was a gentle warrior for the cause of world peace. He will be missed.
Scott was a Harvard graduate who worked with Global Solutions and its predecessor organizations from 1985 until he retired in 2008. Scott served as the Executive Director of the World Federalist Association of New England from 1985 to 1990, the Field Director of the World Federalist Association from 1990 to 2004 and the director of the Citizens for Global Solutions' World Federalist Institute until he retired. He was the only person I know that spent an entire career working for a better-governed world.
Scott considered himself "a combination of an idealist and a pragmatist." Since he was in high school, he believed that world federation was the answer to the world's problems, yet he was willing to work on pragmatic steps that made the world a better place now and also moved it in the direction of his ideals.
Scott was a bridge builder; a calm negotiator who would work hard to bring together individuals who often had conflicting opinions. He spent many hours with our chapter leaders, board members, and staff quietly cajoling them to work together and form consensus positions.
Scott was a very patient man who rarely sought the center stage. I recall a media event that we did at the White House where Scott, who we convinced to dress up as Uncle Sam, was literally tying up UN peacekeepers (by withholding US dues). Scott played his part well, but as soon as the event ended a large group of Japanese tourists who had been watching us asked to pose with "Uncle Sam." Scott patiently stood there and let them take their pictures until they were all done.
Scott was also a philosopher. Curling up with Aristotle or Kant was a great way for him to spend an evening. I will particularly miss our periodic lunches where we would enjoy good food at Mr. Henry's on Pennsylvania or Trattoria Alberto's on 8th Street and solve, or at least identify, the world's problems.
Scott is survived by his partner Emma and his sisters Nancy and Mary Ellen. A memorial service for Scott will be held on Friday, June 29th from noon to 3 at the Theater Church, 535 8th Street, S.E., Washington, D.C., with a reception to follow. We have set up a memorial fund in his honor.
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