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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Beth A. Hoffman, 1950-2008

Update [12/3 09:38 EST]: Saturday's memorial service will begin at 11:00 AM. Guests will be received beginning at 10:15 AM and there will be a reception following. There will be no funeral home service.

Update [01:54PM EST]: A memorial service to honor Beth will be held at the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.

All are welcomed to join the family and friends to remember her life and achievements.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, please send contributions on her behalf to Bound Brook Presbyterian Church at 409 Mountain Avenue Bound Brook, NJ 08805 or to FEE at 30 S Broadway, Irvington-on-Hudson, NY 10533.

We are saddened to announce that our longtime colleague and Freeman managing editor, Beth A. Hoffman, passed away Monday at the age of 58. Beth, who joined the FEE staff over 30 years ago, was beloved by the foundation’s many friends and supporters. She worked tirelessly and ably in a variety of capacities, including the editing of books and other materials. But her great love was The Freeman, which she served as managing editor for many years. While her important work was behind the scenes, it was not unheralded. She was a true champion of liberty whose contributions were many and long-lasting.

FEE President Lawrence W. Reed said, Friends of liberty the world over are as stunned and saddened at the sudden passing of Beth Hoffman as we of the FEE staff are. Beth was the very definition of loyalty and hard work. Her passion for liberty was as strong Sunday as it was when she first joined Leonard Read's team nearly four decades ago. Countless people relied on her for advice and she always gave freely and generously of her time and wisdom for the cause. We are still coming to grips with this incalculable loss, but it is Beth's example that will get us through it. Our organization, and the liberty movement at large, has lost an irreplaceable giant.

Freeman editor Sheldon Richman added, We've lost a devoted, passionate champion of freedom and the free market, as well as the best steward of the English language that I've known. Her skills and dedication made a lasting impression on many people even if only by telephone, letter, or e-mail. In her low-key way she was a mentor to many, many young people who came through FEE over the years.

She is survived by her husband, Peter, and son, Ted.

The Trustees and staff of FEE mourn her passing and will miss her very much.

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