David Hirsch Hoffman, age 72, passed away on February 23, 2022, at his home near Evant, Texas. He was born on March 1, 1949, in Dallas, Texas to Maurice and Virginia Kalina Hoffman.
An intimate, informal graveside service will be held at the Hoffman Family Cemetery on Gholson's Cove Ranch.
David grew up in Dallas and Houston, Texas. He graduated from Memorial High School in Houston in 1967. David then attended The University of Texas School of Architecture where he received his degree in the five-year professional practice program. His senior year, David was the first recipient of the Texas Historic Resources Fellowship, for which he produced a historic architectural study of Roma, Texas.
He set a precedent again as the first Architect of the newly-formed Historic Sites and Restoration Branch of Texas Parks and Wildlife from 1971 to 1973. David, along with Wayne Bell and John Klein, formed the first architecture firm in Texas specializing in historic preservation in 1973. Many of his projects have been recognized for excellence at local, state, and national levels, resulting in his election to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1992.
David was an activist for historic preservation throughout his career, sharing his expertise at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, teaching graduate courses on preservation technology for several years. He is past president of the Heritage Society of Austin and the Society of Architectural Historians, Texas Chapter. Since retirement, David has written numerous books, further developed his artistic talent in painting and music, and found a new passion in found-object sculpture.
David was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Charles Hoffman, and daughter, Keith Donnelly.
Survivors include his wife Binnie of 43 years; daughters, Shay Hoffman of Homer, Alaska and Casey McCreary of Austin, Texas; brother, Joel Hoffman and wife Crickett of Sequim, Washington; grandson, Avram Salzmann of Homer, Alaska and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations to be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Condolences may be left on David Hirsch Hoffman's online guestbook at www.sneedfuneralchapel.com