Henriette D. Hoffman, 82, of Amagansett and Manhattan, died on Oct. 10. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer eight years ago, “and had a great quality of life until almost the very end,” wrote her son Daniel.
Born in New York City on Aug. 7, 1929, to Sundel Hoffman and the former Margaret Doniger, Ms. Hoffman graduated from Barnard College and earned an M.A. from Columbia University. On Feb. 11, 1953, she married Arnold Hoffman.
She taught history for many years, first at the Chapin School in Manhattan, and then at the Fieldston School in Riverdale, N.Y., before taking a degree from the Cardozo School of Law. After she became an attorney, she worked at the Legal Aid Society in the appellate offices, initially for Manhattan and then at the federal appellate level. She rose to become the supervising attorney, and successfully argued many cases before the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. When she retired from Legal Aid, Ms. Hoffman donated her legal expertise to the Partnership for Children’s Rights, with a focus on education-related cases.
Her son said she loved her family and friends, her house on Bluff Road in Amagansett, and picking vegetables nearby at Quail Hill Community Farm. She also enjoyed beach walks and cookouts, reading books on her Kindle, and her work. Ms. Hoffman supported many charities and political causes.
Her husband and another son, William Hoffman, predeceased her, as did three sisters. In addition to Daniel Hoffman, who lives in East Hampton, she leaves a daughter, Margaret Hoffman of Manhattan, and another son, Matthew Hoffman of Chevy Chase, Md., as well as six grandchildren.
Ms. Hoffman was buried on Oct. 12 following a graveside service for family and close friends at Chevra Kadesha cemetery in Sag Harbor. There will be a memorial service in Manhattan in early November, the date and time to be announced.
The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Partnership for Children’s Rights, pfcr.org/contribute-pfcr.