- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Henry Hofheimer II, 98, business, civic leader

NORFOLK (AP) — Henry Clay Hofheimer II, a Hampton Roads business and civic leader and philanthropist who helped bring a medical school to the region, died Feb. 6. He was 98.

Mr. Hofheimer played a leading role in the establishment of Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1973 and in building military support for it.

Mr. Hofheimer’s mark is visible around the region in the names of buildings and programs that honor his efforts.

“He had such a vision and a sense of what was right for the community,” Vincent J. Mastracco Jr., a longtime friend and fellow community leader, told the Virginian-Pilot. “Just to say he was a remarkable man is really an understatement.”

After graduating from the University of Virginia, he founded Hofheimer Construction Co., which built roads and bridges in the state before World War II.

In 1945, he bought a majority interest in Southern Materials Co. Inc., a producer of concrete products and construction materials. In 1962, it was purchased by Lone Star Industries Inc., where he served as a director until his retirement in 1972.

Mr. Hofheimer also was a director or officer of real estate organizations and companies, insurers, lenders and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

He was founding chairman of the Future of Hampton Roads, a group formed to help the area develop a unified vision for its future.

In 1971, he helped arrange for Walter P. Chrysler Jr.’s art collection to come to the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, later the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Mr. Hofheimer’s wife of 60 years, Elise Nusbaum Hofheimer, died in 1992. He is survived by two daughters.

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