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    Sep 2005
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    Paul G Hoffman

    Paul G. Hoffman, a 1909 graduate, left an indelible mark on this country. Helping rear the automobile industry from its infancy to establishing economic stability to postwar Europe, he truly made history. After studying at the University of Chicago, he entered the automobile business. Working first as an automobile repairman, he became a salesman, and later Chairman of the Board of Studebaker Corporation at age 44. After leaving Studebaker, he achieved an outstanding record in governmental affairs, including Director of the War Production Board during World War II, Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1950-1953, U.S. Administrator for the European Marshall Plan that rebuilt postwar Europe, Chairman of the Commission of Economic Development, U.S. Delegate to the United Nations and President of the Ford Foundation. In 1942 he organized a successful $10 million United China Relief Campaign. At age 75, he became the head of the U.N. Development Program to help countries of the world develop their natural resources. In addition to his governmental appointments, he also sat on the board of directors of numerous corporations and organizations: Chairman of the Board of the Paul G. Hoffman Co.; Director of Chicago Corporation; Vice Chairman of the Business Advisory Council; Vice President of the Automotive Safety Foundation; Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Trustee of the University of Chicago and Kenyon College; Director of United Air Lines, Inc.; and Director of Encyclopedia Brittannica. He was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, held honorary degrees from nine colleges and universities, and authored three books. He died in 1974.

    Although it would be reasonable to assume they are, does anyone know for certain these two are one and the same man?
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  2. #2

    Aug 2003
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    Re: Paul G Hoffman

    I would say it is the same guy. See - if you want to pursue it further, probably one of the contacts at could help. Best, John in Idaho

  3. #3

    Sep 2005
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    Re: Paul G Hoffman

    "as a distributor for the Studebaker Corporation in Los Angeles ". Looks good to me.
    History lesson in a token! Better than being in school.
    Thanks for the lead.

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    Feb 2005
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    Never seen that one before,

    nice find!





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