Nicholas von Hoffman

Feb 12, 2018

Tenants Harbor — Nicholas von Hoffman, 88, a longtime resident, died Feb. 1, 2018. Mr. von Hoffman was born in New York City, but left the city to attend Loyola University in Chicago. A week later he dropped out and soon after began working with Saul Alinsky, spending the next 10 years as a community organizer working on projects like the Woodlawn Organization on Chicago’s South Side.

In 1963 von Hoffman began a career in journalism, working first for the Chicago Daily News, then as a reporter and later a columnist for the Washington Post. There, according to a staff member, his columns “produced more angry letters to the editor than any other single reporter in the paper’s history.” Von Hoffman continued to stir controversy when, in 1974, he joined conservative columnist James J. Kilpatrick in a weekly face-off on CBS’ "60 Minutes" called Point/Counterpoint.

Von Hoffman also wrote for numerous other publications, published 13 books, wrote several plays and an opera libretto. He is survived by his sons, Alexander, Aristodemos and Constantine. A memorial service will be held later in the year.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Becky & Rusty Brace | Feb 13, 2018 17:49

RE:the post above is from Becky Brace; the account is now in her name. Thanks.

Posted by: Becky & Rusty Brace | Feb 13, 2018 17:44

Condolences to the family. For years he sent his interview tapes for Architectural Digest to KAX Office Center for us to transcribe; these interviews with artists, architects and designers all over the world were fascinating and educational. He was a man of many talents and I always felt lucky to connect to just a small part of his life’s work.

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