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Celebrating the life of
Dr. John K. Hoff
January 15, 1935 - September 04, 2014
"Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way!", Gen. Patton; "Prepare a 20 year game plan no matter how old you are.", Peggy Rockefeller
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Gathering of Friends
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm - Thursday, November 06, 2014
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Celebration of Life
  • 6:00pm - Thursday, November 06, 2014
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

It is with great sadness that this evening, May 29, 2015, I learned of John's passing. He was my Big Brother at Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity at Rutgers University. John taught me how to study! We were both graduate students under Professor Bill Mai in the Department of Plant Pathology at Cornell University. When Bill and I visited John in Houston, it was obvious that John had both retained and refined General Patton's famous philosophy as his way of life. John will always remain as one of my most high regarded key mentors: a true inspiration as an individual with exceptional talents, an individual that made a major positive global impact! Prof, Bird (Michigan State University)

George W. Bird, Holt, MI

There are no words that can express the loss of such a wonderful kind man to all. He will and is missed everyday. My heart felt sadness to Carol and Jennifer, I love you. Linda Henly

Linda Henly and family, Pearland, Texas

What a loss to family, mankind, and science........I did not know him, but after reading Obit he clearly was a wonderful man, husband, father, and person. God is already asking him for help and advice.....Sympathy..

doug, clinton, iowa

We remember John most, for taking time to be kind. Our prayers and love are with his precious family. Paula and Sam

Paula and Sam Douglass, Houston, Tx

My staff and I were saddened to learn of the passing of one of our favorite dental patients. He was a friend as well as a loyal patient with whom I was honored to have taken care of for almost 40 years. I will miss our chats as I was always finding out new and exciting adventures he was up to. He was truly an inspiration to me as to "what life is all about" Richard H. Haines, DMD

Richard H. Haines, Sugar Land, Tx

It is with sadness that we heard about the passing of John and wanted to let you know Leanne and my thoughts are with you and your Mom Jennifer. Although our time in Galveston was brief our best memories include the evenings at your house and especially the day trip John and I did last winter to visit the doctor together. He was an inspiration to all and left me hoping I can be as sharp as him at his age and have as many great stories some day! We feel very fortunate to have known John.

Bob Styan and Leanne Marette, West Vancouver , BC

Marilyn and I extend our most heartfelt sympathies. We were proud to know John, and we feel our lives were enriched by our time with him. He will be missed.

Rick Moore , Houston, TX

Dr. John K. Hoff passed away peacefully at Methodist Houston on Thursday, the 4th of September 2014, at the age of 79.

Dr. Hoff had 50 years of combined global research, executive, financial and operational experience in biotechnology, agricultural development, medical applications, computer generated microfilm and technical applications related to the energy business. A senior executive to several prominent companies, he served as an advisor to national governments and led investment missions to 18 countries over 6 continents.

Dr. Hoff was born in center city Philadelphia in 1935 to Jacob and Gertrude Hoff. During his early years, John (aka “the little preacher”) was fortunate to learn great life lessons of sacrifice, hard work and victory through such superior mentors as the early famed Lutheran Dr. Ross Stover, international Cellist Jeanne Modave and his mother Gertrude, a doctor and a recipient of “Woman of the Month” from the Home League and Women’s Service Bureau of The Salvation Army.

Traveling with the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team as a young teen, pumping gas during the graveyard shift and serving as President of the Student Council at an all-African American high school, Dr. Hoff met another mentor who changed his life for forever. The Haas brothers of Rohm & Haas Chemical Company came by every couple of days to get gas and chat with John. During his senior year in high school, Mr. Haas convinced “Jack” to go to Rutgers and then Cornell for his PhD in science before eventually coming to work at Rohm & Haas.

Dr. Hoff played a major role in the development of a herbicide, Propanil, that at the time revolutionized the rice industry world-wide and drove, along with genetic enhancement, the Green Revolution. Dr. Hoff joined a small team that acquired the firm that would later become Weatherford International, a NYSE oil tool and service company. Dr. Hoff then started an internationally known agribusiness firm, AG International and AG Middle East, which facilitated the first desalinization, drip irrigation, city landscaping and farming production and refrigeration storage for country food consumption. The Mannai Corporation - the largest trading and service company in Qatar - purchased the company and it exists today. Dr. Hoff accepted the invitation to be the Assistant to the Chairman of the Louis Dreyfus Company, a global leader in agriculture, commodities, energy and real estate. Determined to keep his family and home in Houston, Dr. Hoff was showcased on the cover of the Concorde Magazine as their most frequent traveler with 3 trips weekly to London, Paris or parts of the Middle East.

In this period, Dr. Hoff spent many long hours assisting Dr. Henry Kissinger with his Disengagement Agreements for the Middle East and Egypt. The relationships and trust Dr. Hoff established during this time allowed the next generation to be educated in the United States. This generation is changing world history today.

Dr. Hoff served on the boards of several companies in the Middle East and Latin America, and on the Board and Investment Committee of the Boyce Thompson Institute for Research, the Board and Executive Committee of the Agribusiness Council of New York and the Board of the La Ruta Maya Foundation. Additionally, Dr. Hoff served as Chairman on numerous Cornell University committees; 3 terms on the Cornell Council; moderator of “Being the Best Overseas” at the First Entrepreneur of the Year Symposium at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management; board member of a major national bank; a trustee for the King Ranch heirs and a marketing professor at the University of Houston.

Dr. Hoff earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Life Sciences. An avid Cornell supporter and sports enthusiast, he changed the dynamics of the Cornell football program by recruiting an Athletic Director, Dick Schultz, who later finished his career as the executive director of the NCAA and the USOC, and football coaches including College Football Hall of Fame member Bob Blackman and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Maxie Baughan. Dr. Hoff claimed victory with the Co-Championship of the Ivy League in 1988. Dr. Hoff’s greatest love was recruiting players and going to games every weekend. Dr. Hoff also pushed the Cornell establishment to fund a women’s athletic program including infrastructure, which had never been discussed in the past. Now, upon Dr. Hoff’s passing, the Cornell women’s basketball team continually ranks at the top of the Midwest Conference of the NCAA. Dr. Hoff was extremely proud of inducting a dear friend and mentor, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., a tough and innovative golf course designer, into the Athletic Hall of Fame and as a Distinguished Alumni Award winner from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, before his death.

Dr. Hoff was an owner of The Houstonian, several major ranches and farms, the first polled Simmental purebred beef cattle herd, and several world-class hunting and Olympic jumping horses. He enjoyed traveling to horse or cattle shows or the family farm every week. Dr. Hoff co-authored, with his daughter, Jennifer L. Hoff, the award-winning book Country Properties, which is still purchased today after 14 years in publication. As a co-rebel rouser for Cornell and dear friend, Austin Kiplinger said, “this is a great book for “Animal Crackers” like me who own farms but aren’t farmers.”

In the last five years of his life, Dr. Hoff joined a dear friend, Dr. E. Brian Butler, Chairman and Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Houston Methodist, Weill Cornell Medical College, to continue developing and commercializing a new technology for intellectual HD imaging in 3D, 4D and 5D, called Plato’s CAVE™. Much like in a video game, Plato’s CAVE™ creates patient-specific 3D images and clear anatomical features allowing physicians to virtually “fly” through a patient’s skin, muscle, bones and organs. The use of Plato’s CAVE™ for pre-surgical planning and education will be a game changer globally in medicine. Dr. Hoff propelled the project and Dr. Butler around the clock to develop the best intelligent HD picture in the world. John's determination to have the "best picture" was instilled in him by a friend, Bill Garrett, former editor-in-chief of the National Geographic. There was not a day that went by that John did not quote Bill and the importance of the best picture for successful and memorable communication.

Dr. Hoff had the luck and opportunity to be in the right place and right time surrounded by the right people. Therefore, he would take partial credit and great pride in seeing his legacy live on through people across generations on whom he had such a positive influence as well. He was a mentor, a guide and a family member.

Surviving his death is his wife, Carol M. Hoff and his daughter, Jennifer L. Hoff, both of Houston. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff in the Neurology Intensive Care Unit at Houston Methodist Main. Houston Methodist provided an outstanding team who continue to be extremely caring and helpful during a difficult time.

For those wishing to make a customary remembrance, the family requests, with gratitude, that memorial contributions in the name of Dr. John K. Hoff be directed to the Gene Therapy and Research Foundation, P.O. Box 20586, Houston, TX 77225-0586, for further development of Plato’s CAVE™. If you are interested in learning more about Plato’s CAVE™, please go to www.platoscavemd.com.

SHARE YOUR CONDOLENCES

  

GUEST BOOK

It is with great sadness that this evening, May 29, 2015, I learned of John's passing. He was my Big Brother at Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity at Rutgers University. John taught me how to study! We were both graduate students under Professor Bill Mai in the Department of Plant Pathology at Cornell University. When Bill and I visited John in Houston, it was obvious that John had both retained and refined General Patton's famous philosophy as his way of life. John will always remain as one of my most high regarded key mentors: a true inspiration as an individual with exceptional talents, an individual that made a major positive global impact! Prof, Bird (Michigan State University)

George W. Bird, Holt, MI

There are no words that can express the loss of such a wonderful kind man to all. He will and is missed everyday. My heart felt sadness to Carol and Jennifer, I love you. Linda Henly

Linda Henly and family, Pearland, Texas

Candle tribute lit by Linda Henly — Texas

What a loss to family, mankind, and science........I did not know him, but after reading Obit he clearly was a wonderful man, husband, father, and person. God is already asking him for help and advice.....Sympathy..

doug, clinton, iowa

We remember John most, for taking time to be kind. Our prayers and love are with his precious family. Paula and Sam

Paula and Sam Douglass, Houston, Tx

Candle tribute lit by Ingrid Gonzale — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Micky Volgman — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Lizabeth W. Comiskey — Texas

My staff and I were saddened to learn of the passing of one of our favorite dental patients. He was a friend as well as a loyal patient with whom I was honored to have taken care of for almost 40 years. I will miss our chats as I was always finding out new and exciting adventures he was up to. He was truly an inspiration to me as to "what life is all about" Richard H. Haines, DMD

Richard H. Haines, Sugar Land, Tx

It is with sadness that we heard about the passing of John and wanted to let you know Leanne and my thoughts are with you and your Mom Jennifer. Although our time in Galveston was brief our best memories include the evenings at your house and especially the day trip John and I did last winter to visit the doctor together. He was an inspiration to all and left me hoping I can be as sharp as him at his age and have as many great stories some day! We feel very fortunate to have known John.

Bob Styan and Leanne Marette, West Vancouver , BC

Marilyn and I extend our most heartfelt sympathies. We were proud to know John, and we feel our lives were enriched by our time with him. He will be missed.

Rick Moore , Houston, TX


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