is an honor to be serving as president of the Medical Alumni Association.
My relationship with this institution pre-dates most living alumni, as
I was born at our hospital in 1945. My children, now adults, also came
into the world here. And, in addition to receiving my medical degree, I
interned and received my residency training in pediatrics at Maryland as
well. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Maryland. Even now as alumni we
continue to benefit from the school’s rising stature, and it is our obligation
to ensure that this wonderful story continues.
Kenneth M. Hoffman,
Our 200th anniversary is only three years away. It should please you to know
that the alumni association has been planning for the bicentennial celebration
for several years. Since preserving the history of the institution remains a
charge of the alumni association, our contribution to this celebration is the
publication of a book tracing the school’s 200-year history. It will consist
of a time line highlighting memorable events, significant dates, and contributions
to the medical profession made by this institution and its alumni. The advertisement
on the inside cover of this issue explains how you can contribute to this effort.
One of our pressing financial needs is aid for our students. Last year in-state
students paid more than $17,000 for tuition and fees; for out-of-state students
it was more than $33,000. Our alumni-supported low interest student loan funds
offer students appealing alternatives to commercial loans and other high-interest
notes. Last year we provided aid to more than 100 students, and we hope to do
the same or better this year.
We were delighted to learn that the University is recipient of a $348,000 grant
from the federal government’s Save America’s Treasures program. As you may have
guessed, the funds are earmarked for conservation work on Davidge Hall, America’s
oldest medical teaching facility. We plan to use the funds for more external
work: restoration of the windows, doors, and brick. A dollar-for-dollar match
is a requirement to receive the federal funding.
This spring the medical school also announced the kick-off of a $200 million
bicentennial campaign. The effort supports a number of new initiatives that you’ll
be hearing about in the coming months. We hope you will support these efforts
to the extent that you are capable.
I invite you to join us in our work for this great school. Thank you.
Kenneth M. Hoffman, ’70
Board of Directors
Kenneth Hoffman, '70
Hobelmann Jr., ’71
Mark Applefeld, ’69
David B. Sigman, '93
Tamara Burgunder, 00
Nelson Goldberg, '73
Mary Jo Johnson, ’83
Otha Myles, ’98
Martin I. Passen, ’90
Stephen Pollock, '75
Jonas R. Rappeport, ’52
Jerome Ross, ’60
Dana Simpler, ’84
Maryland native, Kenneth Hoffman graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic
Institute in 1962. He earned a BS in chemistry/physical science from
the University of Maryland College Park in 1966. After receiving his
medical degree, he interned and served a residency in pediatrics at
Maryland. Upon completion of training, he was immediately commissioned
in the U.S. Navy, stationed at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola,
Florida. During his final year of service in 1975, he was chief of
pediatrics. Dr. Hoffman returned to Maryland, settling in Annapolis
where he completed his board certification and joined Chesapeake Pediatrics.
Twenty-nine years later he continues with Chesapeake Pediatrics, is
on the active staff of Anne Arundel Medical Center and is a member
of the associate staff at the University of Maryland. Dr. Hoffman’s
first wife Sandra, who was with him through medical school, died in
1980. In her memory, he established an emergency loan fund for married
students through the Medical Alumni Association. For the past 17 years,
he has been married to Deborah; they have three grown children.