Ronald Hoffman, former historian and executive director of the Omohundro Insitute of Early American History and Culture at the College of William and Mary, died Sept. 4. He was 77.
Hoffman died from progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare neurodegenerative disease.
Before academia, Hoffman served in the U.S. Navy as a Sea Duty Helmsman aboard the USS Newport News. Karin Wolf, current executive director of the Omohundro Institute, said he visited the ship as an adult and wore a well-loved sweatshirt from it.
After leaving the military in 1961, Hoffman went on to pursue his education at George Peabody College and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in...