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May16, 2012

Vol. 112, No. 12


Karl E. Hofammann ’44

Published in the May16, 2012, issue

Karl died Jan.15, 2012, at his Mountain Brook, Ala., home.

A graduate of Mercersburg, Karl roomed with Chuck Nimick and Mac MacQuiddy at Princeton, where he was on the varsity crew and swimming team and joined Tower Club. He majored in biology and in 1943 entered medical school at Johns Hopkins, where he served his internship and, after two years as a first lieutenant in the Army, his residency in gynecology and female urology.

In 1946, he married Eugenia (“Cissy”) Dabney. They had three children: Karl III ’71, Eugenia (“Skippy”), and Dabney. Karl’s close friends were Andy Jones and Ferd Baruch, godfather of Karl III.

The family moved to Birmingham in 1953, and Karl became chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Baptist Medical Center.

Immediately following Karl III’s Princeton graduation, Karl said, “I’ve carried you this far; now carry me,” whereupon Karl III carried his father on his back in the P-rade!

Karl was an enthusiastic hunter, fisherman, and trainer of bird dogs. His adeptness in fly-tying served him well as a surgeon.

Cissy, his wife of 59 years, died in 2005. Karl is survived by his three children, four grandchildren, and five step-grandchildren.

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